Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim called it a day on Thursday by tendering his resignation to President Asif Zardari, the receipt of which has been acknowledged by the Presidency spokesman. His quitting the office came against the backdrop of serious rigging charges levelled by different contesting political parties.

However, the worst criticism came from Tehrik-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan who, at a press conference lashed out at CEC, ECP and the Supreme Court. He accused Fakhruddin of being mainly responsible for massive scale rigging of May 11 general elections and latest fiasco in rescheduling the recently held presidential elections, the claim that has also been made by other parties including PML-Q, PPP, MQM, Jama’at-e-Islami and ANP. The worst thing that could happen to Fakhruddin is that the winning Party PML-N also alleged rigging in Sindh.

What a fate ‘Fakhro Bhai’ has who was acclaimed at the time of his appointment as a consensus nominee for the vital slot of CEC that his critics should not talk of being too old to conduct hectic exercise like holding general elections but should wait and see his performance. In his resignation letter to President Zardari, he said he had done his job to hold elections and it was time for the newly elected Parliament to appoint his successor, so that the new ECP chief could get ample time for holding elections in 2018. "Despite personal threats and even brazen gun attack on my family - I quietly stood firm against those forces who first tried to derail and then delay the 2013 elections," the resignation letter said. One would recall that it was after a long time that such a person was assigned the task of holding general election on whose appointment all stakeholders had agreed. Will the Nawaz government be able to find his replacement soon is anybody’s guess?