July 25 polls were free and fair: reiterates Secretary ECP



Islamabad, July 31 (TNS): Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Babar Yaqoob on Tuesday reclaimed that all parties had been provided level playing field.

“We took measures to provide a level playing field to all parties,” the ECP secretary said while addressing the media in Islamabad.

Stating that acting upon Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) petition, the electoral body requested the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to not arrest political leaders till after the polls were over, Yaqoob said, “Elections were postponed in NA-60.”

ECP decided to postpone polls in NA-60, Rawalpindi constituency following PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi’s sentence to ensure that all parties have a level playing field, he noted.

Asserting that the polls were fair, Yaqoob reiterated that the ECP has rejected political parties’ demand for the resignation of the chief election commissioner (CEC).

“The call for CEC’s resignation by a number of political parties┬áhas been rejected,” he maintained.

Further condemning the call for the CEC’s resignation, Yaqoob said, “If any candidate has complains then they will be dealt with as per the law and complains should be filed in line with the Constitution.”