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ECP abnegates incriminating post-election report

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejecting its own statement has disowned post-election report which it posted on its official website.

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In a statement issued on Tuesday, the ECP asserted that the Post-Election Review Report on the General Elections 2013 was not an ECP-sanctioned report, but a summary of the recommendations received from various stakeholders, including international and domestic observers, polling staff and the general public

The report was prepared by a 15-member committee, headed by ECP Additional Secretary Syed Sher Afgan. There are seven other ECP officials in the committee, five representatives of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and three members from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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Apparently in response to questions around the timing of its release, the ECP statement on Tuesday stated that the purpose of the report was to identify areas that required improvement based on observations made during the elections held last year.

The executive summary of the report states: “Self-accountability is the best tool for meaningful reforms, the ECP launched this post-election review process to gather experiences of those who were directly part of the elections, and to use these experiences…and build on improvements introduced prior to the 2013 general elections”.

It was hoped that the report would further contribute to a vibrant discussion and debate that will help to catalyze reforms and contribute to greater improvement in electoral processes.

The Commission explained that the report on the 2013 general elections was yet to be published. It would contain two volumes; one has already been printed and the other is being finalized and would be released shortly.

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