KARACHI: Pakistan's Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim resigned from his post on Wednesday, a week after the Supreme Court ordered the commission to hold presidential polls ahead of its original schedule.

“In accordance with Article 215(3) of the Constitution, I hereby resign from the office of the Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan,” said Ebrahim in his resignation letter to the president, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com.

“I was appointed through a consultative process by the last Parliament. My constitutional term ends in 2017. However, in my humble opinion, the newly elected members of Parliament should have the opportunity to forge new consensus and choose a new Chief Election Commissioner. This will also allow the next Chief Election Commissioner sufficient time and opportunity to prepare and lead the Election Commission for the general elections of 2018,” said the letter which has been submitted to the president for approval.

The presidential spokesman confirmed receipt of the letter.

Ebrahim's resignation comes after the Election Commission and the Supreme Court came under fire from lawmakers during a session of the National Assembly and the Senate, with some members demanding that the chief election commissioner resign from his post.

Presidential elections were originally scheduled by the Election Commission to be held on August 6, and the commission had earlier rejected a government request to change the date of the poll.

However, two days later the Supreme Court ordered the commission to hold elections on July 30 as sought by the federal government in a petition filed in the court.

The CEC was displeased by the Supreme Court’s decision, and saw it as “an encroachment into the domain of the ECP by the apex court mandated under the constitution,” an official of the commission had told Dawn.

According to the report, Ebrahim had written a note declaring the court’s decision an attack on the independence of the ECP, and wanted his fellow members to endorse it and hold the election according to the original schedule. However, he was unable to get the support of three of the four available members.

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July 31, 2013 5:40 pm

One may criticize him for the failure to hold fair elections. But at least he has realized this and resigned. A little too late but still welcomed move. Better than many others who are holding important posts, commit blunders and do not have the courage to own it.

July 31, 2013 5:50 pm

Hats off to the few who have a spine in the country. Congratulations to you sir for your service.

Nafees Ahmed
July 31, 2013 5:59 pm

I wish he had resigned after the general elections. He would have been able to salvage the reputation that was tarnished due to rigging in the elections and inaction of the EC.

Intizar Zaidi
July 31, 2013 6:06 pm

Should have resigned earlier. I think he is the part of the game being played and have screwed the system too.

Azhar Ahmed
July 31, 2013 6:06 pm

Mr Fakhrudin why didn't you resign even before the general elections....its very obvious that you were working for PML-N...after you gave them the seat of prime minister and president , filled your pocket with billions , now you can easily retire overseas with all the loot. All and all it's just another brick in the wall.

maqsood noorani
July 31, 2013 6:22 pm

I am relieved by his timely resignation. He did every thing by the book. He is undoubtedly a great man perhaps the only one in Pakistan"s history with ego, dignity, self respect and intelligence. I salute you Fakhroo Bhai. May God bless you.

July 31, 2013 6:24 pm

Done a good thing. Set a good precedent. I wish him peaceful retired life.

July 31, 2013 6:31 pm

The shameful Chief Justice should immediately resign and impeached

July 31, 2013 6:44 pm

Good that he resigned, we do not need ineffective and un-accountable leaders. Perhaps his job of presiding over the biggest rigging was completed after prime minister and president selection.

July 31, 2013 6:54 pm

CJ has not resigned yet?

Ayesha Ejaz
July 31, 2013 6:55 pm

Streamlining the pain staking procedures with loopholes of election , across the board transparency and equality, conduct of elections (under prevailing insecure and volatile environment) are the dividends of untiring efforts by this election commission team spearheaded by Honourable justice Mr F.G Ibrahim. Though real essence of democracy still may be a far cry as far as character, education,devotion, sincerity and services of law makers are concerned, along with much needed further refinement in electoral process based on justice and competition to serve people. Still the services of this commission for this nascent and mal-nutritional democracy are worthy of praise. After presidential election Mr Ibrahim's resignation is an awakening call which amply highlights the bad taste between the institutions. Nevertheless the day belongs to Honourable RETIRED Justice F.G Ibrahim.

July 31, 2013 7:05 pm

His resignation has come a bit too late. He should have resigned during general election when reports of rigging started coming and he could not control the rigging..

July 31, 2013 7:09 pm

Now it is very good time to take resignation from Chief Justice of Sharif courts His Highness, Qibla, Janab shadeed Mohtram Iftikhar Muhammad Choudhry… and close the chapter of so called notorious fair and free elections in the history of Pakistan.

A. Syed
July 31, 2013 7:48 pm

He made the right decision, SC should have not forced their verdict on ECP. Mr. Fakhruddin enjoys a very good reputation and he should not get his name tainted because of weak members of team and ongoing intervention by SC.

Thanks for your services.

Ahsan Ali Suhag
July 31, 2013 8:05 pm

He failed to protect constitutional guaranteed independence and sanctity of ECP entrusted to him..and should have taken stand right after the judgement of supreme court. Or he should have resigned at that time in protest. Now in history he will be judged as incompetent and inefficient who lacked moral courage to defend constitutional rights of his office.

murad ali
July 31, 2013 8:09 pm

now admit that u conducted rigged elections

Hassan Aslam Shad
July 31, 2013 8:17 pm

The next step should be that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court resigns. What a mockery His Lordship has made of the judicial system!

July 31, 2013 8:32 pm

Who was the courageous member who endorsed FGI's note?

July 31, 2013 8:54 pm

In order for Pakistan to have cleaner elections, surely there are lessons to be learned about methods to use and methods not to use to ensure a fair vote. Should the CEC not also leave some advice for future use. They should write an advisory report as to what to do and what not to do for the future elections. This is the only way to learn lessons from the past.

July 31, 2013 9:10 pm

easy come, easy go. destroyed the whole election process and sitting pretty at home. no moral burden neither responsibility. this is Pakistan we are living in.... ufff

Rogers Eavans
July 31, 2013 9:30 pm

The man with conscience had no other alternative, but to resign. G. Fakhruddin has been a ture bearer of torch of justice.

July 31, 2013 9:46 pm

Right decision Sir.

Ali Hashim
July 31, 2013 10:00 pm

Bravo! It is nice to see that there are still people alive in Pakistan who will do the right thing. Alas he is an old man! However, what is more dangerous is to see that the other members of the ECP have revealed their true colors. Two points: First: This reminds me of the time when Gen. Musharraf asked the SC judges to take oath under the PCO and six Sindh based judges refused and resigned where as the remaining including the present Chief justice agreed an became PCO judges.

Second: This actually may confirm the allegations that some pople had against the ECP that Justice Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim had just been set up by PPP and PML - N and they had really worked thru the second tier of the ECP to achievve their election objectives.

July 31, 2013 10:01 pm

This is resignation should have come with an apology and should have been tendered much earlier. The elections were a massive failure. The ECP did not have simple common sense logic to ensure fair and free elections. They called the army but kept them outside. MQM rigged every single ballot box in Karachi and they could do nothing. It was mismanaged, badly planned and in the dark ages. Imagine this, if you ask anyone in Karachi who voted anywhere on the other side of the bridge, they will tell you one thing. We wanted to vote for x party but MQM forced us to vote for them. Now isn’t this a total failure for the ECP. Secondly, the money they spent and got allocated. Ridiculous and Criminal.

July 31, 2013 10:01 pm

Thanks but no thanks. You have done a serious damage to this nation will be remembered for 5 years. Shame on you Fakhro. At least share with us why did you choose to become CEC when you could not deliver. Either you were impotent or you made tons of money. What is correct?

July 31, 2013 10:07 pm

What we have here a court which is unnecessarily trying to be proactive. Holding election is the responsibility of ECP. Court had no business to interfere.G,Ibrahim has taken a courageous step. Shame on other members who succumbed to pressure. Impression among the public is that court has been pro Nawaz Sharif & PML(N), this impression to some extent is justified.

M R Khawaja
July 31, 2013 10:17 pm

Good he is Gone Hope CJ will follow as well to get the dirt out of Country Judicial system.

Anjum Rashid
July 31, 2013 10:22 pm

Fakhro bhai sets good ddemocratic tradition. Parliament should demand resignation from three members of the commission who differs with Fakhro bhai.nation need resolution of this conflict completely

July 31, 2013 10:33 pm

Why in our all departments political involvement is their .let the people do their job politians mind their own bussiness .

July 31, 2013 10:40 pm

This is balony! First Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim screws the election. Secondly, he conveniently resigns so the anti-Pakistan government can fullfill their agenda with the help of kangroo courts.

He should stay his ground in the better interest of the country and if he thinks Judiciary is encroaching it's position then he needs to follow proper procedure against Judiciary.

Judiciary in Pakistan has become a tool of intimidation rather than Justice and this needs to be stopped.

Gerry D'Cunha
July 31, 2013 10:48 pm

had you to resign soon after the election, you have had not loose your dignity sir - infact you have done a big mistake of taking this great responsibility in a corrupt election process

July 31, 2013 10:51 pm

It is honourable. But, it is too little too late. He should have resigned the moment SC ordered him to change the election date. Damage to the office is done.

Sultan Alvi
July 31, 2013 10:54 pm

Right move by Fakhru Bhai. Ideally, he should have resigned before holding the presidential election.

Aftab Hussain
July 31, 2013 11:32 pm

I can't understand why is it so hard for people in Pakistan to adhere to the rules and regulations as set by the laws of the land. Why does one branch of the government unfairly interferes with the affairs of the other bodies of the government. More than half of the problems of the country could be resolved if people are held accountable for their actions and pay the price of their mistakes. In the case of the CEC resigning due to the orders of the court, I don't understand what is the big hurry to of holding the elections 6 days early, in fact why are we even going against our own laws when it clearly states the presidential election will be held on August 6.

Masood Raja
July 31, 2013 11:39 pm

Finally Fakhru Bahi resigned. He should have done it a long time ago. We all knew that he never handled pressure, especially at the age of 86 he was not capable to held fair elections. As Election Commissioner he failed to fulfill his responsibilities. May 11th elections were rigged and he did not take any action. PTI is justified by accusing PEC for failing to held fair and free elections. In nutshell Fakhru Sahib damaged his good name and credibility.

August 1, 2013 12:41 am

Man of Character! Not a lot of them in Pakistan

Ramzan Kareem
August 1, 2013 12:49 am

CEC helped Nawaz Sharif all out in the elections but unfortunately Nawaz Shariff betrayed him yet again. Not good Mr. PM!! Fakhru Bhai, I wish you had resigned on the day of elections and declared them faulty!!

August 1, 2013 1:04 am

Good Riddance.

August 1, 2013 1:16 am

thank you what you have already done with us by imposing ganjum government on us was sufficient. u shall always be remembered in the history of Pakistan for doing such a dirt work

Ahmad Najuib
August 1, 2013 1:41 am

We are a thankless nation. Fakhru Bhai is a man of integrity and did his best to do justice as the chief election commissioner. Since we are the most divided nation on earth on any and all issues it is no surprise that Fakhru Bhai has had to face such senseless criticism. In a country where the holiday retreat in Quetta of our Founder Is burnt to ashes it is no surprise that we do not have any respect for anyone.

August 1, 2013 2:28 am

Although the last elections were far from fair and transparent, I am happy Mr. Fakhruddin G Ibraim has taken a stance in the right direction. He is a man of intigrity, though he failed to lead CEC to deliver it responsibility effectively in May elections. The Apex court is going out of its way to please the new government in any way it can and in this instance it has trespassed the line of CEC's autonomy.

August 1, 2013 3:43 am

He has fulfilled job assigned by his masters and now resigns in peace

August 1, 2013 3:54 am

While J Ibrahim came with huge applaud, he now departs with a notorious name. Indeed, It was difficult for him keep the standards intact, while, top institution (SC) is in a race to override some selected rivals.

August 1, 2013 3:56 am

Supreme court's decision was unfortunately unlawful.

Abdulaziz Esani
August 1, 2013 4:17 am

SC's action supporting Government. is understandable, CC is due for retirement this year and is seeking extension.

Abdulaziz Esani
August 1, 2013 4:22 am

SC's comment is understandable as his term expire this year and he very much wants an extension.

August 1, 2013 5:11 am

Who cares?

August 1, 2013 7:01 am

Why resign now after all the damage?

August 1, 2013 7:36 am

Thank you , much much appreciated for your work done.

Iqbal bhai
August 1, 2013 10:05 am

With the election of the President, his job is over - a job well done. So he resigned. What a joke with this nation of hapless people !

Ghalib Khan
August 1, 2013 10:34 am

Hats off, he goes with dignity,

Also offering alternative reasons for resignation shows does not want any further confrontation or looking for cheap publicity like some of our new leaders.

I remember when he was the Governor of Sindh he had taken a bold steps to remove illegal hawkers and encroachments in Karachi specially in Saddar area, for which he came under lot of pressure because these illegal hawkers were a source of additional pocket money for lot of agencies.

This guy may be small in stature but after this move he stands tall then many others.

August 1, 2013 12:01 pm

Fakhroo Bhai should have resigned the day secretary election commission admitted in front of media that the EC failed in conducting free,fair and transparent elections.

Saeed Akhtar
August 1, 2013 1:43 pm

What more could he do. He did what he was appointed for - managed the most rigged election in the history of Pakistan. He was the most incompetent CEC in the country's history. No doubt he is clean. Time will tell how much money was used to buy the other members of the Election Commission. And with the PML N government and new parliament one can only expect the worse to come.

August 2, 2013 9:37 am

In this age group, Fakhru Bhai himself marred his good reputation. It is a pity. He should not have accepted the portfolio in the first place. Unhappy ending..!

August 3, 2013 3:57 am

@Ghalib Khan: Well said man

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