KARACHI - Chief Election Commissioner, Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim has said that the caretaker Prime Minister will be equally responsible for holding free and fair general election in the country as the Commission itself.

This he said while talking to media persons after inaugurating a painting exhibition “Labyrinth of Reflections, The Art of Rashid Rana” at Mohatta Palace Museum here on Sunday.

Talking about forthcoming election he said, “there will be no future of the country if election are not held on time, we have made mistakes in the past but now we are working 18 hours a day for free and fair election.” The change is imminent, he said adding “don’t see which party is represented by whom just vote for good people. Ask your candidate whether he has paid taxes. What is his source of income. I tell the Pakistanis don’t lose hope, let’s learn from our mistakes.”

He said that the general elections will be held on time. He further observed the country’s state of affairs might improve if the people unanimously elect its leadership.

To a question about maintenance of peace and law and order during the process of general election, he said it is the responsibility of government not of the Election Commission.

Earlier, addressing the inauguration ceremony of the exhibition Fakhruddin said that this exhibition would be a significant event in the evolution of contemporary art in Pakistan. The present position of Rashid Rana in the world’s art is a testimony of his talent. Throughout his career as a visual artist Rana has been engaged with ideas that are relevant to reality, the CEC said.

He said that the city of Karachi is passing through difficult times while this exhibition will be a cool breeze which will provide the citizens relief from their tensions. Such events help appreciating the fine arts and bringing a positive change in social behaviours of the masses.

Meanwhile, the field work for verification of electoral lists in Karachi has been completed, which shows an increase of some 13, 00,000 new voters.

The Pakistan Election Commission used two forms for making new entries, while it was decided to maintain some 8,00,000 unverified voters in the current lists. The Election Commission has made it clear that those who failed to register themselves in the voters list won’t be able to cast their votes in general elections.