Apex Court expresses its concerns over delay in voters’ lists preparation

Islamabad, December 21, 2011: While expressing its concerns over delay in preparations of the voters’ lists, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to prepare the voters lists by February
23, next year.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the petition moved by chairman Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan regarding removal of fake votes.

The bench directed the ECP to prepare lists at every cost.

Rejecting the excuses presented by the ECP the CJP said there would be no extension in the deadline.

The court had earlier asked the ECP to submit reports regarding the voters’ lists today.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the state of affairs, the CJP said preparation of voters’ lists was deliberately delayed and the court will have to take action against the Secretary ECP.

The ECP noted in its report that the governments of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtwnkha had sent resolutions demanding delay in lists while floods in Sindh also added to it.

The CJP observed that only six districts of Sindh were affected by the floods and demanded the resolutions be presented before the court.

During the proceedings, Justice Tariq asked if the polls are held in March, would they be on bogus lists and the government would be formed with 44% bogus votes.

Building new voters lists is imperative if the country is to experience the essence of democracy and the leadership which is a representative of the citizens of Pakistan in true sense. In the backdrop of present state of affairs,
it is very much likely of the government to play its usual tactics to avoid the creation of new voters lists with the Election Commission of Pakistan, however, if the apex court remains vigilant, the matter may be solved in the given time.

Besides the apex court, it is also imperative of the political parties, of course exclusive of the ruling parties which are dragging their feet for having fair and more reliant lists, to play their active role and facilitate the
concerned institutions in preparing new voters lists on time.