Powerful ECP need of hour

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Lahore

Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Senator Sirajul Haq has said the severity of the situation in next general elections could be gauged from the practices adopted in by-polls in two national and two provincial assemblies’ constituencies.

While addressing a press conference at Mansoora on Monday, he said, “A powerful, independent Election Commission is the need of the hour.

Political parties should sit together for election reforms.” Using delaying tactics in delivery of results, disappearance of polling staff, violence, and use of wealth, influence and government machinery were the tactics which had been adopted in every poll, he said, adding there must be check on these evil tactics to secure the future of coming generations.

The JI Chief said the fair and free polls were the way forward to put the country on track. But, he doubted the sincerity of the political parties to achieve the objective of free polls.

In-fact, he added, the political elites ruling over the country for decades were alien to the concept of free election and durable democracy.—INP