ECP asks opposing parties to accept people mandate

ISLAMABAD: Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Babar Yaqoob on Tuesday rejected the All Parties Conference demand of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) resignation and asked the opposing political parties to accept mandate of the people.

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“The ECP expresses its sadness over the APC statement regarding the resignation of Chief Election Commissioner. We reject and strongly condemn the resignation demand of CEC, July 25 polls were held in a free, fair and transparent manner,” he said while addressing a press conference.

He said the parties violating the basic principles of democracy for not accepting the mandate of masses in elections 2018.

“If any candidate has complaints then these will be dealt with as per the law,” he added.

ECP decided to postpone polls in NA-60, Rawalpindi constituency following PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi’s sentence to ensure that all parties have a level playing field, he reminded.

He said that the ECP had also taken notice of stopping the rallies of political parties and ordered for the enquiry of the incidents.

He said total 30,000 observers including 400 international monitors observed the whole process of the election and termed them free, fair and transparent. “For the first time in the country’s history, a survey was conducted in 85,000 polling stations and provincial governments were asked to facilitate people,” he added.

He further said that Commission has sought explanations about delay of results from District Returning Officers and provincial election commissioners, adding that the ECP is analyzing the failure of Result Transmission System (RTS) and the report will be made public soon.

“We expect all the democratic forces will keep behind their personal interest and will not criticize their constitutional institutions for supremacy of democracy and play their role for the strengthening of democracy,” he concluded.

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