Imran files petition against electoral rolls

Seeks review of the electoral process, says bogus votes make present assemblies dubious.


Azam Khan April 08, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking a revision of electoral rolls and a reform of the electoral process.


In a press conference held to explain the details of the petition filed in the Supreme Court, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that the recent revelation by the Election Commission that almost 44 per cent of registered voters are bogus votes made the status of the present assemblies and the government dubious.

Khan said that to save Pakistan from a bloody revolution or complete chaos, it is essential that the right of franchise be given to the people of Pakistan so that the change that the people of Pakistan are yearning for can be achieved peacefully and through the ballot box.

A government formed on bogus votes does not represent the people of Pakistan and nor can it be expected to protect the vital interests of the citizens. He alleged that a political mafia is ruling Pakistan that was elected through bogus votes.

He said the only hope for a democratic change in Pakistan rests around an independent election commission and new electoral lists.

The PTI Chairman said that the purpose of filing the election petition is to force the government and the Election Commission under the directives of the apex court to prepare fresh electoral rolls eliminating all bogus votes and introducing and incorporating the new eligible votes that can be verified from the database and record of NADRA.

He suggested preparation of electoral roll in a manner that should include the name of a voter in such electoral area wherein his address mentioned on the CNIC of the voter exists.

There is need to introduce electronic voting machine for the use of voters in the future general elections including the photographs of the voters in electoral rolls in the future elections.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th,  2011.

COMMENTS (17)

Dr. Saleem Siddiqi | 10 years ago | Reply Nadra has its Finger print database for all the NICD holders. Pakistan can make its own Electronic Voting machine finger impression recognizable. These days this is not that costly and even runs on battery instead of electricity to avoid load shedding problem and being used at remote location of Pakistan. We have ample time to thing this device from NOW as we still have more than one year to go - NADRA should do this look ahead and present Naion with a good news.
mujh92 | 10 years ago | Reply One thing for sure that every thing Imran Khan says and insists it always turns out that his demand was right and just and people come to realise that later,For example Refrees in Cricket,A free and independent judiciary in Pakistan, and its been some time he has been calling for a Free and Independent Election Commision in Pakistan.I am hopeful that soon this will happen and pave the way for for those people to elect their representative freely without fear of them wasting their vote.
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