'Chief election commissioner slept through polling day'- Pakistan Chief Justice

Last Updated: Aug 09 2018 16:25

Pakistan's Chief Justice, Saqib Nisar said that he called chief election commissioner justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza thrice on the polling day but he didn't pick up and was likely sleeping.

The News reported that Chief Justice Nisar made the comments during the hearing of a case regarding the rejection of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Abida Raja's nomination papers for a reserved seat.

During the hearing, the chief justice said that he was astonished at the current state of the Election Commission.

Chief justice Nisar said that he called the chief election commissioner thrice on the polling day but he didn’t pick up and was likely sleeping, as per the paper reports.

Pakistanis voted on July 25 in a tense election to choose a new government. At least 35 people were killed in an Islamic State suicide attack and poll-related violence on the polling day.

The chief justice said it was a smooth sailing on the election day until the Election Commission messed up.