|Lahore, July 10: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has welcomed the selection of Justice (retd.) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim 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 and resolving all election-related issues.
HRCP said in a statement issued on Tuesday: “The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan welcomes the parliamentary accord on the appointment as CEC of Justice Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, 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 appointment to the office of the CEC is also significant because such an important post cannot and must not remain vacant for long. HRCP notes that under the new scheme of things the CEC’s role has shrunk somewhat and the bulk of the electoral process is to be carried out by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that Justice Ebrahim is given a good team to work with and receives complete support from each member of the Election Commission. Once should like to believe that each ECP member shares the new CEC’s passion for justice, transparency and democracy. It is imperative for the smooth running of the ECP and for holding free and fair elections that the CEC and all ECP members stay on the same wavelength, for if they are at cross-purposes at this crucial juncture in the country’s history then Justice Ebrahim’s appointment would not make much of a difference. It is hoped that the CEC’s appointment would be followed by other positive steps required to promote confidence in the Election Commission’s ability to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.”