Amidst deadly terrorist attacks, CEC lauds poll preparations
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja has expressed his satisfaction over the preparations for tomorrow’s general elections.
The satisfaction was expressed during an emergency meeting held in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks which left dozens of people dead and injured a numbers of others critically.
During the meeting, the CEC emphasised the importance of vigilance on the polling day. He also directed the four provincial election commissioners to ensure fair and free elections tomorrow.
The meeting was also attended by members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), its secretary and other officials. The active participation of the four provincial election commissioners was ensured through video link.
The meeting was briefed on the meticulous preparations for the impending elections by the heads of various departments. The meeting was communicated that the distribution process of all election materials including the ballot paper would complete today.
The emergency meeting convened following United Nations’ Human Rights High Commissioner Volker Türk urged the authorities in Pakistan to ensure that parliamentary elections are free and fair.
The UN office appealed to the authorities to ensure a fully free and fair vote and to recommit to the democratic process and an environment that promotes and protects human rights.
The UN body denounced all acts of violence against political parties and candidates in the lead-up to Thursday’s vote, said Spokesperson Liz Throssell. “There have been no less than 24 reported instances in which armed groups have staged attacks against members of political parties,” she added in a statement published on the UN’s website.
Ironically, the meeting headed by the CEC expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements when deadly terrorist attacks had hit the country’s various areas including Balochistan.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Hafiz Hamdullah narrowly escaped a gun attack in Qila Abdullah area of Balochistan.
However, all the political workers and security personnel present in the convoy including Hafiz Hamdullah remained unhurt. The JUI-F leader was on his way to Quetta from Chaman when the untoward incident took place. After the retaliatory firing by Hafiz Hamdullah’s security guards, the gunmen managed to escape.
In addition, 25 people were killed and at least 50 others were injured in bomb blasts at election offices in Pishin and Qila Saifullah in Balochistan province.
At least eight people died and 10 sustained injuries in a bomb blast near an election office of an independent candidate in the Khanozai area of Pishin.
Following the attacks, the ECP took notice of the bomb blast and sought immediate reports from the Balochistan chief secretary and inspector general of police (IGP). The ECP ordered stern action against the persons involved in the terrorist attack.