Bogus voters: ECP given until Dec to computerise electoral lists

SC orders the Election Commission to immediately eliminate bogus voters from its rolls.


Express April 01, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to immediately eliminate 37 million bogus votes from the electoral lists and has disposed off the petition.


A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary was hearing a petition seeking the exclusion of 37 million bogus votes cast in the 2008 general elections from the Election Commission of Pakistan’s voters’ lists.

The bench expressed the concern that in view of the ECP’s failure to uphold its mandate, the constitutional status of the legislative assemblies may be openly challenged. He remarked that it was the ECP’s constitutional duty to implement the SC’s directive in the Benazir Bhutto case regarding electoral lists. The points raised in the petition are of popular interest. “When there are bogus voters on the ECP’s electoral lists, what is the legitimacy of the elections?” The preparation of voters’ lists is the prime responsibility of the ECP. It cannot be transferred to others.

The court observed that the ECP has failed to fulfill its constitutional duty and rejected the ECP Secretary’s request to give him until December to complete the preparation of the computerised electoral list. Justice Sair Ali observed that the large number of fake votes have affected the credibility of the entire electoral system. “It seems the ECP is cheating on me for I, too, am a voter.” The Chief Justice observed that  by-elections were being held. “The court is aware of the candidates winning in the polls.”

“How can you claim that you never admitted there were bogus votes?” The Chief Justice questioned the ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan, referring to the press released issued by the commission stating that the ECP has excluded all bogus votes from the electoral lists.

The court directed the ECP to seek the assistance of the census department for compiling authentic electoral lists. The petitioner was directed to approach the Supreme Court again if the ECP fails to comply with the court’s orders.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 01st, 2011.

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COMMENTS (2)

Fayyaz Haider | 10 years ago | Reply Bogus votes, bogus parliament, bogus degrees, bogus politicians. We still not want army but we also donot want to bear such government as well. We want fair elections. But could it be possible. Where case of fake degrees stands. What about NRO. Where NAB goes. Where is Haj scam. Where is sandak case. What about Pakistan Steel mills corruption. BOP scandel. National Insurance Corporation scam. where is 12th May killings. What about duo office case of president. Had government wrote to swiss government. what about sugar price case etc. etc. etc. Has any one penalised for it yet. We all remember Mr. Chief Justice. This is not for what Pakistan nation restored you and your team. We do watch. Should we think you are worthless.
Aftab Kenneth Wilson | 10 years ago | Reply It is very important for ECP to complete the job on war footing. Bogus voters or ghost votes must stop. I am surprised and too much disturbed to read that there are 37 million bogus voters. Next elections must be conducted according to the instructions from the SC.
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