Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim resigns

Jul 31, 2013| Courtesy by : tribune.com.pk

ISLAMABAD: Amid continued calls of rigging and mismanagement of the elections, Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim resigned from his post, Express News reported on Wednesday.

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Ebrahim’s resignation was confirmed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The resignation has been sent to the president for approval.

Ebrahim, one of the country’s most respected jurists, oversaw the May 11, 2013 general elections of Pakistan.

President Asif Ali Zardari had approved the appointment of Ebrahim as the new Chief Election Commissioner in July 2012 after a parliamentary panel selected him for the crucial post. He was the 24th individual to occupy the post after 12 permanent and 11 acting chief election commissioners.

Ebrahim was expected to hold the position for five years.

Read Fakhruddin G Ebrahim’s 2012 profile: ‘An icon of democracy’

His initial appointment was hailed across the entire political spectrum, as well as the legal fraternity and civil society, but following the May 11 elections, the PPP, PTI and other major political players said the commissioner and the ECP had failed to deliver “free and fair” elections.

PPP calls for more resignations

Commenting on the resignation, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah said all other officials of the ECP should also resign. He had earlier called for the resignation of the chief election commissioner and all four members of the ECP for “failing to protect their independence”.