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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has so far received 108 complaints against district nazims from across the country.

Various complaints received by the commission were registered by elections candidates and voters and related to involvement of district nazims in electioneering. The involvement of district nazims in electioneering is against the election code of conduct. According to the ECP, most of the complaints had been received against the Punjab district nazims, followed by Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan.

Action on complaints: The commission has initiated action on all the complaints and the district returning officers and the provincial governments are looking into complaints.

Seven complaints were registered against Gujrat District Nazim followed by five each against Tando Allahyar, Noshero Feroz and Jamshoro districts nazims, four each against D G Khan, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Ghotki and Bannu Nazims, three each against Rawalpindi, Sukkur, Vehari, Swabi, Khairpur, Kashmore, Attock and Mardan Nazims, two complaints each have been filed against Sahiwal, Hyderabad, Karachi Central, Shahdad Kot, Bukkar, Sanghar, Rajanpur, Nawabshah and Mansehra District nazims.

Meanwhile, one each complaint has been filed against District nazims of Bawalnagar, Khanewal, Umerkot, Chakwal, Larkana, Mirpur Khas, Quetta, Muzaffargarh, Abbotabad, Mianwali, Mandi Bahauddin, Jhang, Sheikhupura, Tharparkar, Dadu, Malakand (PA), Faisalabad, Pakpattan and Gujranwala.

Complaints against 47 district nazims: The figure shows that complaints had been filed against nazims of 47 districts out of total 116 districts and seven tribal agencies. Giving update on the position of complaints, the EC sources said that five complaints were found baseless on probe by the district returning officer, three have been disposed of and in one case the nazim denies the charges.

In case of remaining complaints, either these are in process of inquiry or report, or undergoing necessary action or forwarded for comments. In total, the ECP has received 1,378 complaints on various matters with maximum 595 complaints from Sindh followed by 527 from Punjab, 137 from NWFP, 89 from Balochistan, 26 from the federal capital and from FATA.

Maximum complaints, 254, pertain to polling stations, 211 pertain to violence of any kind, 194 are about violation of Code of Conduct, 178 about civil servants and remaining complaints pertain to different matters like electoral rolls, tahsil nazims, union nazims, polling staff and so on. Secretary Election Commission, Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad when contacted told APP that no complaint was pending with the Election Commission.

“All the complaints either have been forwarded to district returning officer for inquiry or report or sent to respective provincial governments,” he said. He said all complaints received at the Commission are immediately forwarded to the concerned authorities for necessary action and the Commission goes by the findings of the DROs and ROs. In certain cases, he said, the CEC directly issues orders to address the grievances and mentioned to the cancellation of transfers of police officials in Sindh and summoning nazims to the Commission to explain their position. He reiterated to ensure level playing field for all candidates and hold election in free, fair and transparent manner.
Source: Daily Times
Date:1/27/2008