LAHORE: The Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Qazi Muhammad Farooq has said that Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) received a large number of complaints against nazims over violation of electoral code of conduct and added that stern action would be taken against any nazim if a complaint is proved right against him. Talking to media person, he said that Deputy Returning Officers have been tasked to investigate into complaints against such nazims. He said if a complaint is proved right against any nazim, strict action would be taken against him.
He said that over 500 out of total 700 complaints are against nazims for violating code of conduct. No action has been taken against district nazims so far, as these complaints are being investigated, he added. Justice Farooq said the lists of sensitive polling stations across the country are being compiled, where army would be called to ensure the maintenance of law and order situation. He said that ECP has completed all the arrangements for holding of the elections and ballot material has been sent to respective areas except ballot papers that will be dispatched by January 5.
Earlier, addressing a meeting of District Returning Officers belonging to Punjab here at a local hotel, Justice Farooq said that the commission is committed to hold the next general elections in a fair and free manner in the country, and all arrangements in this regard are being finalized.
He said that the election commission was taking necessary steps with the cooperation of United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) to ensure free and fair elections. He urged the district returning officers to ensure complete implementation of the election code of conduct in their respective areas to ensure impartiality of the elections.
He expressed hope that all the candidates of different political parties will cooperate fully with the polling staff in this regard. Strict security measures will be taken at all polling stations, while special attention will be given to those deemed “sensitive”, he stated. He said that ECP is committed to hold the credible and impartial elections and for this purpose, the polling staff of all the 38060 polling stations has been given the relevant training. He said the election activities and electioneering process is in full swing these days in which all the significant parties are taking part.-SANA