ISLAMABAD - The Azad Jammu and Kashmir administration has prepared a foolproof plan to conduct elections in a free and fair manner and government will not allow any political party to violate the code of conduct, says AJK chief secretary, the man behind all the arrangements.

“The government will not allow anyone to violate election’s code of conduct and intervene in process of free and fair elections,” AJK Chief Secretary Raja Sultan Sikandar said while talking to The Nation.

“I am ready to leave the office if any political party showed mistrust in me,” he offered candidly.

He denied the allegations that he had links with PML-N government saying he had no affiliation with any political party and that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) staged protests against his transfer from the post of Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan a month before G-B election. He is taking AJK polls as task to conduct the free and fair election and all parties will go in election with full satisfaction.

Sharing the details with The Nation regarding preparations of AJK polls tomorrow, he said present administration had finalised foolproof arrangements for elections and 37,000 troops and 10,000 additional police personals had also been requisitioned in this regard.

He said he was monitoring all arrangements himself and issued instructions to all security forces and government officials to play their role in conduction of peaceful election in AJK. The forces had been given free hand to take swift action against those who would try to derail the peaceful election process, he added.

Sikandar said he had asked the government officials to remain neutral. He added that he had addressed the complaints of political parties across the board and took action against main political parties leadership for using government rest houses and violation of election code of conduct.

He said his office was open round the clock for all political parties to deal their complaints within time. He said AJK government had taken action against eight government servants after recovering copies of ballot papers from their possession.

He said the upgradation and computerisation of voter’s lists was not an easy task but the administration did it timely and the process of ballot papers from publication to supply was held under the supervision of army.

The AJK chief secretary mentioned that the total expenditure of election had been estimated at Rs480 million against Rs180m in last election and 70 percent out of required funds had been made available to all district administrations with directives to provide the best facilities to troops and election staff. He said the funds of different districts for the last two elections were still due against government.

AJK polls would be held tomorrow and all political parties are running their election campaigns with zeal and zest and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other members of federal cabinet, PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardrai and PTI Chairman Imran Khan have staged their political shows in different districts of AJK and motivated their voters to come and poll their vote on election day.