Fakharuddin vows free, transparent elections
11 July, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The nominated chief election commissioner (CEC), Justice (r) Fakharuddin G Ebrahim, on Tuesday said his first priority would be to hold free and transparent elections, while the media and civil society would have to play their full role for this purpose.
Talking to media on the Supreme Court premises, he said that that masses should be ready for a change as it was inevitable.
"If fair and transparent elections are not held, it would be disastrous for the country," he said, adding that he was willing to become CEC, but has not yet been informed about it officially.
"I accept the post as a challenge. The fair and transparent elections will be my first priority and for that would meet the political parties," he said. People have too much expectation from him, the jurist added.
HRCP welcomes Justice Ibrahim's appointment as CEC
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has welcomed the selection of Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ibrahim as the new chief election commissioner (CEC) following parliamentary consensus, and hoped that under his leadership the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would work independently for holding free, fair and democratic elections.
The HRCP, in a meeting on Tuesday, said, "The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan welcomes the parliamentary accord on the appointment as CEC of Justice Fakhruddin G Ibrahim, who is highly respected for his independent mind and impeccable integrity. It is indeed a positive thing that the political parties have eventually found a way out of the deadlock and it is hoped that the spirit of meaningful consultation and cooperation endures and expands."
The HRCP further said, "It is necessary that Justice Ibrahim receives complete support from each member of the Election Commission."