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ECP terms JUI-F chief's statement irresponsible

Updated September 07, 2018

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday rejected the demand made by JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman, calling for the resignation of ECP officials, and termed the statement as "irresponsible".

The commission strongly condemned Fazl's statement and said that it was "contrary to the facts and without any proof". The ECP maintained that general elections 2018 were held in a fair, free and transparent manner.

It said that people had participated in the election process in a free atmosphere. "Disregarding the public mandate without any reason is against the basic principles of democracy and such objections were based on personal benefit and without any reason," the ECP said.

The commission made it clear that election tribunals were constituted with the appointment of 20 serving Judges of high courts to resolve election disputes.

If any candidate has any complaint then election petitions could be filed under the law, it said.

The culture of putting pressure on national institutions by leveling false allegations should end, the ECP will not accept any such pressure, the ECP concluded.