ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami on Friday said that the caretaker government was determined to hold the elections in a free, fair and transparent manner and asked the voters to come out of their homes on the polling day and exercise their right to vote as survival of the country was linked with the ballot.
He said that apprehensions about a delay in the elections were over and the nation was poised to exercise its right of vote on May 11 with enthusiasm.
Speaking on the occasion of inauguration of the Post Election Complaint Cell at the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) headquarters here on Friday, the minister said that due to the Nadra biometrics, the possibilities of casting bogus votes had been eliminated and arrangements were in place to catch all those trying to do that. He said the SMS service launched to get information about the vote numbers and location of polling stations had evoked a huge response, which showed the level of interest shown by the people for elections.
Nizami said Pakistan was achieved through ballot and this democratic right was the guarantee for the survival of the country. He said that the caretaker government had taken all steps to hold the general elections in a free, fair and transparent manner.
While addressing the media on the occasion of the opening of PID Media Cell for General Elections 2013, Nizami hoped that the country would see a major surge in the voters turnout on May 11. He said that elections were part of the battle for the survival of the country.
He said that it was an achievement of the caretaker government that the stage was set for, free and fair elections, as the terrorists’ plan to sabotage the same had been thwarted effectively. The government would, he said, hand over the affairs of the country to the elected government as per the Constitution and would not hang on to power even for a single day.
To another question, Nizami said that though the law and order was a provincial subject, the federal government had created harmony among all the stakeholders.
Referring to the kidnapping of the son of former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, the minister said that the prime minister had contacted Gilani and it was a good sign that despite the incident, the PPP had not talked about boycotting the elections.
Meanwhile, Caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib Khan promised to provide security to the voters on the polling day. All rumours about a delay in elections have proved wrong and the people should participate in the election process without any fear, he said while talking to the state-run TV.
He said the government had worked with the collaboration of all the stakeholders for holding free, fair and impartial elections across the country.He said that the security plan had been finalised and all law enforcement agencies were fully prepared for meeting any untoward incident on the polling day.
To a question, Malik Habib said that he had worked to maintain the law and order situation across the country on the basis of his 40 years experience.“Maintaining the law and order situation in Balochistan is a great achievement of the caretaker government”, he added. To another query, he said that participation of all the nationalist political parties of Balochistan in the general elections was a positive sign for the flourishing democracy in the country.