The time for general elections in Pakistan is very close. General assembly elections are to be held in Pakistan on 8 February. In such a situation, election preparations have started. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar has directed officials to maintain the fairness of the elections. He has also constituted a seven-member committee to ensure fair voting in the upcoming general elections in the country. So that steps can be taken in advance against any irregularities in the elections. This information was given in the media news.
A notification issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday said that Shahid Ashraf Tarar, interim minister for communications, railways and maritime affairs, has been appointed as the head of the committee. Other members of the committee include the Home Secretary, four provincial chief secretaries. According to the notification, the committee has to discharge responsibilities like monitoring the security arrangements in the elections, reviewing and resolving the matters related to administrative arrangements and coordination for the smooth conduct of the elections.
Imran Khan is banned from contesting elections
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan is not able to participate in Pakistan elections. Due to the restrictions imposed by the court, he has been out of this round even before the victory or defeat in the elections could be decided. While Kakar has the responsibility of conducting fair and free elections in the country, he has been continuously accused of working in favor of military-backed political parties. There are also allegations that rigging is being done even before the elections. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan is in jail and is barred from contesting elections. The country’s Human Rights Commission had said earlier this month that there were little chances of free and fair elections in the country due to “pre-poll rigging”. (Language)
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