ISLAMABAD: Secretary General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Jahangir Tareen has said that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has given assurance for free and fair by-elections in Karachi on April 23.
The PTI leader said this while speaking to reporters after meet-up with CEC Sardar Raza Khan on Tuesday (today) morning, at Election Commission building in Islamabad.
Elaborating on his meeting with election commission chief, Jehangir said his party had called for army’s deployment but now it has been assured by CEC that Rangers will perform duties inside and outside polling stations in NA-246 constituency.
He expressed his satisfaction over security duties given to Rangers for the by-polls going to be held in Karachi amid tension between political parties.
The PTI leader hoped that Raners will effectively perform duties since they have been given magisterial powers adding that the ECP has assured that Rangers will remain deployed at polling stations till vote count is complete. They will supervise the counting process as well, he added.
Regarding reviewing security arrangements in Karachi, the PTI leader said, ECP Secretary has assured to hold a meeting with Director General Rangers in Karachi in a couple of days. “This is welcoming,” he said.
Tareen briefed the media that he also took up matters of electronic voting, right of vote for oversees Pakistanis and autonomy of the commission in his meeting with the CEC.