Islamabad, March 17, 2016 (PPI-OT):The Election Commission of Pakistan strongly condemns the news item appeared in print media wherein an official of a political party has blamed Rangers and the ECP for their defeat in PS-59 Badin. It is clarified here that under Article 218(3) of the constitution, it is the duty of the Election Commission of Pakistan to organize and conduct elections and to make such arrangements as are necessary to conduct elections honestly, justly, fairly and in accordance with the law and that corrupt practices are guarded against.
It is imperative for the Election Commission of Pakistan being an independent constitutional body to provide a level playing field to all contesting candidates. Under Article 220 of the Constitution, it is the duty of all executive authorities in the Federation and in provinces to assist the Election Commission of Pakistan in discharge of its functions.
Accordingly, the ECP has been invoking its mandate by seeking assistance of Pakistan Army, Rangers or Police through the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior and the Provincial Governments. In order to conduct the elections in PS-59 in a fair, free and peaceful manner, the Election Commission deployed Sindh Rangers in that constituency to avoid any untoward situation or undue influence.
The ECP appreciates the role of Sindh Rangers, being a non-political force, for peaceful conduct of elections in the said constituency. The Rangers deployment was not made for the first time in Sindh province but in numerous elections it has been precedence that wherever the ECP considered that there was a need to hold free, fair and peaceful election, the services of Pakistan Army, Rangers and FC were requisitioned in the past in all the four provinces.
In bye-election in NA-254 Karachi and subsequent bye-elections in Sindh province, Sindh Rangers were deployed by the ECP through Ministry of Interior. Even for local government elections, the Rangers were deployed as second and third tier responder to maintain law and order in all phases in Sindh province.
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Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
Election Commission of Pakistan Secretariat,
Election House, Constitution Avenue G-5/2,
Tel: +92-51-9201975, +92-51-9206062
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