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Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim – File photo/Dawn.com
Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim. — File photo/Dawn.com

ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim said on Thursday that holding free, fair and transparent elections in the country was the one point agenda of commission.

Talking to Pakistan Television (PTV), he said that the commission would ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the country and if required the army personnel will be deployed at polling stations.

The CEC said that political parties have given some good suggestions on holding of the elections, adding Balochistan needs special attention.

“Pakistan's future hinges on transparent polls, so no compromise will be made towards holding free and fair elections,” the CEC said.

Fakhruddin said that the political parties should be realized that if they did not ensure the transparent general elections this time, it would be risky for the country.

He said that the EC, political parties and civil society should have to work jointly and support each other to ensure free and fair elections in the country.

Replying to a question, the CEC said that the commission is increasing the number of poling stations in the country to 90,000 which was 70,000 last time to facilitate the people, adding that “we are also making a model poling station”.

He said that the change in the country was possible just through the vote of people.

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Haji Ashfaq
Sep 28, 2012 07:44am
One of my two predictions has been done away with : PIA Chairman Rao Saheb wont last long in view of uncontrollable corruption in the National Airlines and the second one is about the CEC Fakhruddin G Ibrahim. I doubt very much he will stand the evil-minded politicians for a long time. Wish him succeess - anyway and pray he holds free and fair elections.
Mohsin Ishfaq
Sep 28, 2012 04:47am
Yes, you are right Mr. Fakhruddin, change in the country is possible just through the vote of people. But in Pakistan, people use to vote their Sardars, Chaudaries and to their family friends irrespective of Party the one belong to and what mandate he/she has. This should also be changed and vote should be given only the True Party which is not corrupt.
Sep 28, 2012 04:30am
I have the greatest respect and faith in the impeccable integrity and honesty of the Chief Election Commissioner and wholly agree with his "One Point Agenda." However the government of the day also has a single point agenda and that is to return to power by hook or crook. It's going to be an interesting contest between diametrically opposed ideas.