The Chief Secretary of Punjab has submitted a reply to the Supreme Court, assuring that the provincial government is committed to supporting the Election Commission of Pakistan in conducting free and fair elections. The reply stated that all instructions from the ECP and Punjab election commissioner have been implemented, and complaints from political parties have been dealt with according to the rules and laws. This reply was in response to a court order to explain compliance with directives issued to them. The directives were issued in relation to a contempt of court petition by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, alleging violation of court orders and lack of a level playing field during the election process. The Punjab government has taken various measures to ensure a fair election, including preparing handbooks, ensuring a non-arbitrary scrutiny process for candidates, and establishing district control rooms. They have also started procuring CCTV cameras for highly sensitive polling stations and making election process information public. The reply also mentioned that all interested candidates were able to file nomination papers without hindrance, and no illegal arrests or detentions were made. Personal visits by returning officers to polling stations are underway to ensure essential facilities. This information was published in Dawn on January 7th, 2024.
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