President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi while speaking at the ceremony, emphasized on the promotion of e-voting to ensure transparency in elections. He suggested that cameras be installed at all polling stations to crosscheck the number of votes and voters. Speaking Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice retired Sardar Muhammad Raza also attended the ceremony.
“When I brought a petition to the Chief Election Commissioner in 2013, there were nearly 50 or 60 polling stations where there were no presiding officers or ballot boxes had reached because of terror. And this is from Karachi,” he said. “Democracy has been hijacked in the whole world with power and with money. I am requesting you [CEC] and legislators, whatever you have to decide on how the 2023 elections will be held should be decided beforehand.”
“There was also a lot of contradiction on this point at one time when they said 700 went in and 1,400 [votes] came out, and it couldn’t ascertained where the extra 700 came from,” he said. He urged Parliament, the Election Commission of Pakistan, and the government to pay attention to these matters so that post-election controversy can be avoided.
“When I became a dentist, I got a telephone installed. You will be astonished to hear that in those days, this was in the 1970s, Rs50,000 went in bribe for the telephone installation,” President Alvi told the audience.
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17 November, 2019