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Amid speculation of a rigged electoral process, Chief Election Commissioner Pakistan to witness the electoral process in AJ & K

/IoK News (Mirpur AJ & K)/ Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan Sikandar Sultan Raja will witness the electoral process in AJ & K, the Insight on Kashmir has learnt. However, the local and national media reports suggest that despite repeated claims by federal government of  free, fair and transparent elections in Azad Kashmir, the partiality of the election process has already got a question mark.

There is an ongoing debate in the political parties contesting the election that the electoral process will be hijacked. On Tuesday 6th of July 2021, former Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi predicted that the upcoming Azad Jammu and Kashmir general elections would be rigged.

A meeting of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Election Commission held on Wednesday to finalise the code of conduct for journalists for the upcoming elections.

During a heated election campaign, a gross violation of rules, regulations and laws relating to electioneering have already been reported in the local press.

In an unusual judicial inquiry, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of Azad Jammu and Kashmir has rejected an inquiry report by a returning officer (RO) on the issue of grant of cash by federal minister Ali Ameen Gandapur to a PTI activists,

Earlier this week, the members of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Election Commission Raja Farooq Niaz and Farhat Ali Meer invited Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan to visit the region on the election day on July 25 and monitor the electoral process and arrangements made by them.

The members of the AJK EC thanked the CEC for his cooperation in preparation of electoral rolls for 12 seats of Constituent Assembly of AJK for Kashmiri refugees living in various parts of Pakistan.

They also lauded the decision of appointing ECP officials as returning officers and assistant returning officers for the election on the reserved seats of the refugees.

On 13 July, in an extra-ordinary meeting of the AJ & K election commissioner, the Chief Election Commissioner Justice (R) Abdul Rasheed Sulehria reiterated his firm resolve to conduct free , fair and unbiased election process in the region.

He instructed to all returning officers, local administration and police of the Muzaffarabad region to cooperate with the election authority to ensure fair elections in the region.

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