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JI delegation meets CEC in city.

KARACHI -- A 6-member delegation of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) led by its Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mehanti on Friday met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim at the Provincial Election Commission (PEC) office here. The JI delegation comprised its General Secretary Karachi Naseem Siddiqui, Naib Ameers Nasrullah Shajih, Raja Arif Sultan, Information Secretary Zahid Askari and Muhammad Sabir. Provincial Election Commissioner S.M. Tariq Iqbal Qadri was also present on the occasion. During the meeting, JI delegation reiterated its demand to declare the entire city 'sensitive' and deploy army personnel in and outside all polling stations, a statement issued by JI said. In the meeting, Muhammad Hussain Mehanti apprised the CEC about what he said were the difficulties being faced by JI candidates in the metropolis.

On the occasion, Mehanti demanded of the CEC "to appoint neutral and independent staff" at all polling stations and allow the JI candidates to run their election campaigns freely. He further reiterated his party's demand to handover Karachi to army during elections, as he maintained, 17 parties have already put forward the said demand in All Parties Conference (APC), called by Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh Justice (Retd) Zahid Kurban Alvi. The CEC assured the delegation that the Election Commission will take every step to ensure holding of transparent and fair elections. JI statement further said, after the meeting, Mehanti while talking to media said that the JI delegation emphasised on holding fair and free elections.

Speaking on the occasion, he claimed that the officers from City District Government and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board are being appointed as polling staff, having political affiliation.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:May 4, 2013
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