President felicitates nation, ECP on successful holding of polls

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epa03799317 Mamnoon Hussein (C), a candidate for the Presidential elections, nominated by the ruling Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz (PML-N), arrives to submit his nomination papers at Islamabad High Court in Islamabad, Pakistan, 24 July 2013. Pakistan's Supreme Court on 24 July ordered the Election Commission to schedule the Presidential elections for 30 July. EPA/T. MUGHAL

ISLAMABAD : President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday felicitated the nation on completion of democratic process through general election and expressed hope that the winning parties would work for the prosperity of country by rising above their political interests.

The President in a statement said regardless of victory or loss, it was important to ensure the satisfaction of election candidates in transparency and fairness of polls and called upon the Election Commission of Pakistan and related departments to play their responsibilities in this regard.

President Mamnoon lauded the enthusiasm of the nation for participating in electoral process and acknowledged the role of Election Commission, law enforcement agencies and polling staff for successful holding of elections.

President Mamnoon said even the tragic terrorist incident of Quetta on polling day could not deter the nation’s resolve, adding that people proved through their action that their future was linked with continuation of democratic process.