History has a knack for eulogizing martyrs, regardless of the cause. The recent general elections were hailed by many as unprecedented in how the entire electoral process went through without any major glitch and one democratically elected government handed over the reins of power to another.

Prior to the elections, it was a common perception that the top cadre of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was impartial and comprised of competent individuals with unquestionable integrity. These include the Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ibrahim, one of the most respected jurists in Pakistan. However, as soon as the election results started pouring in, so did the allegations leveled against the ECP. Naturally, the bulk of these allegations came from political parties who suffered from bitter disappointments – most of which can be put down to unrealistic expectations. Both the PTI and the PPP lambasted the ECP as being partial towards the winning PML-N and for having failed the job of ensuring free and fair elections.

As caustic as these allegations may appear, they don’t hold any water since neither of the political parties provided any substantial proofs of rigging. Yes, rare instances of rigging and violence were registered in certain constituencies, most of which were attended to by the judiciary. Nonetheless, the aforementioned political parties continued to fuss over nothing.

In view of this, the recent resignation by Fakhruddin G Ibrahim is rather unfortunate. And instead of resolving the problem at the crux of the entire crisis, it has only compounded it further. A better course could’ve been to release the elections-related data to political parties as well as media outlets so that the allegations raised by political parties could be debunked. Instead, the ECP continues with its tried and tested strategy: stick its head in the sand and wait for the storm to pass it by.

The attitude of the present Supreme Court is encroaching at best. The superior judiciary has taken it upon itself to correct the statements of individuals and has chosen to shy away from the actual problem of sorting out the grievances of political players regarding the general elections results. This, together with Fakhruddin G’s resignation, has only reinforced the cause of those crying foul play. It is high time for SC to attend to more pertinent issues and lend support to ECP so that the credibility of the Commission as a body capable of delivering a free, fair and transparent electoral system can be restored.