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The Honourable Chief Election Commissioner has taken a serious notice of slapping incident of polling staff

Islamabad: The Honourable Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has taken a serious notice of the incident of slapping of polling staff by Syeda Waheeda Shah at polling station No. 16-Government Girls High School, Tando Muhammad Khan and has directed the Provincial Election Commissioner, Sindh to take necessary action under the law. He has also directed that an FIR should be registered against Syeda Waheeda Shah.

Accordingly an FIR No. 33/2012 under section 86 (3)(b) of the Representation of People Act, 1976 has been registered against Syed Waheeda Shah at Police Station, Tando Muhammad Khan. The CEC made it clear that no one would be allowed to threaten or use force against the polling staff whose services are hired by the Election Commission of Pakistan in connection with election duties and, therefore, the Commission will take all possible steps to provide protection to the polling staff and take an exemplary action under the law against any one who indulges in any illegal activities to disrupt peaceful atmosphere at the polling stations.

The slapping of Assistant Presiding Officer at polling station No.16 Government Girls High School, Tando Muhammad Khan by the contesting candidate Syeda Waheeda Shah on 25th February, 2012, the incident which has shocked the whole nation, has also been viewed very seriously by the Election Commission of Pakistan which not only has condemned the unruly behaviour of a personnel aspiring to represent the people in the Parliament, on receipt of report from Provincial Election Commissioner, Sindh, the Commission has taken the following decisions:

i) The Returning Officer for PS-53 Mr. Ali Asghar Sial has been directed to take immediate cognizance of the matter under section 86A of the Representation of People Act, 1976 and all other enabling provisions, for alleged violation of the provision of section 86 ibid, hold an inquiry (summary trial), hear the necessary parties and pass the orders. The Inquiry should be conducted at the office of Provincial Election Commissioner, Sindh, Karachi within minimum possible time, not exceeding seven days at the maximum.

ii) On the complaint received from Mir Mushtaq Ali Talpur, another contesting candidate for bye election of PS-53, Tando Muhammad Khan, the Commission has also issued Notices to all the parties to appear before the Commission on March 6th, 2012.

iii) Expressing concern and disappointment over the failure of the Police personnel present on the occasion, the Commission has also directed Inspector General Police, Sindh to proceed against the officials who were present on the occasion for failure to perform their duties and submit a report to the Commission within a week.

iv) In the meanwhile, it was further agreed without demur by the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan that the official result of the said constituency may be withheld till the completion of the inquiry.

For more information, contact:
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
Election Commission of Pakistan Secretariat
Election House, Constitution Avenue G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 920 1975, +9251 920 6062
Fax: +9251 920 5402, +9251 920 5300

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