Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan, Sikandar Sultan Raja, recently held an emergency meeting to discuss the impending elections. In a bid to ensure a “free and fair” electoral process, specific instructions were laid out for provincial election commissioners. Heads of departments also received a final briefing on election preparations, underscoring the commission’s commitment to conducting a smooth and efficient electoral process.
Decoupling Elections from Internet Connectivity
Addressing media concerns in Islamabad, Raja dispelled the notion that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is reliant on internet connectivity for its operations. He asserted that disruptions to internet or mobile services would not hamper the commission’s preparedness, adding an extra layer of resilience to the election process.
ECP’s Authority and Role
Further clarifying the commission’s role, Raja stated that the ECP does not possess the authority to make decisions regarding the shutdown or restoration of internet and mobile services. This responsibility, he emphasized, falls under the jurisdiction of law enforcement agencies. While the ECP can make recommendations, it does not have the authority to direct the interior ministry on matters pertaining to internet services.
Respecting Boundaries and Responsibilities
Raja also highlighted the importance of not interfering with the decisions of law and order agencies. He indicated that the ECP would not shoulder responsibility for any incidents that might occur as a result of their directives concerning mobile services. Hence, the commissioner urged all involved parties to respect the boundaries and responsibilities of their respective agencies, ensuring that the election process concludes safely and impartially.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn