Imran lauds CEC for electoral reforms, seeks security from army

PTI chief expresses satisfaction over measures being taken by the ECP to conduct transparent polls in future

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday lauded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) chief Sardar Raza’s efforts for electoral reforms and also sought army deployment for by-polls to be held in NA-122 and NA-154 constituencies.

Talking to media after meeting the chief election commissioner (CEC) in Islamabad, the PTI chief expressed satisfaction over measures being taken by the ECP to conduct transparent polls in future, adding that he has been assured that the mass irregularities which took place in the May 2013 general elections would not be repeated.

“They have already started working on removing loopholes from the system which I had mentioned in my letter to the ECP chief. Those irregularities resulted in the largely unfair and rigged polls of 2013,” Khan told media.

Meanwhile, Khan also repeated his demand of ECP members’ resignations saying that the Judicial Commission’s report regarding rigging and subsequent decisions of the election tribunal (ET) over three of the four constituencies, whose results were challenged by PTI, shows the ECP members’ inability to conduct free and fair polls.

“What reason do they have now to remain glued to their posts,” the PTI chairman questioned. He said that his party would go on with the planned sit-in against ECP provincial officials on October 4 in Islamabad.

Talking about the upcoming by-polls, Khan said that he has demanded the deployment of army during the by-polls and accused the Punjab police of acting like ‘PML-N police’ when not supervised by a tough authority. “We want an army man inside and another outside the polling stations to ensure fair and free polls and we have set such a precedent in the KP,” claimed Imran.

The PTI chief told media that he has requested the ECP chief to grant extension to the election tribunal judges until the pending cases are solved. He also claimed to have urged the ECP chief to take notices to threats issued to ET Judge Kazim Malik after he deseated PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq and declared his election ‘null and void’ in NA-122.

Irked by the ECP’s assertion that it was not answerable to any political party, Imran Khan on August 26 alleged that all four provincial members of the ECP had helped the PML-N rig the 2013 general polls and announced that his party would avail itself of all available legal options to have them removed.

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