Karachi elections and delimitation: SC gives full authority to ECP

Published: March 2, 2013
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File photo of Supreme Court of Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

File photo of Supreme Court of Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The larger bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a short order on the Karachi unrest case to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure free and fair elections, Express News reported on Saturday.

The court issued a 27-paged notice which also included a six-paged note from Justice Khilji Arif.

The ECP was given the authority to carry out delimitation procedures  wherever it found that creating new constituencies were necessary, however the organization would be required to prove that those areas where delimitation will be carried out are violence prone areas that required extra attention.

ECP was also given the power to call in army if required.

The apex court had given such orders earlier as well, which were widely appreciated by the people, but the ECP failed to attain any benefits through thoughtful implementation of the verdicts.

This time SC said that the remarks given were not mere observations but orders to that needed to be implemented.

The order was the fourth of its kind, issued during the hearing of Karachi unrest case.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • A-No.1
    Mar 2, 2013 - 6:00PM

    Why only Karachi? How about other places?

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  • Mar 2, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Why only Karachi? How about other places?

    Because Karachi is the only city where a dozen or so people are being killed every single day!

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  • Concerned Karachiite
    Mar 2, 2013 - 8:35PM

    Why only Karachi? How about other places?

    Never mind other places. Thanks SC. Please mend my city first!

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  • sharfuddin
    Mar 2, 2013 - 9:17PM

    What about Peshawar?

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  • Faisal
    Mar 2, 2013 - 10:49PM

    A-No 1: Because, in other cities you won’t find 650 voters registered in a single house

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 3, 2013 - 12:47AM

    ECP needs a lion’s heart to carry on delimitation in Karachi, why, all know the reasons. First we need to remove all barricades now present in different areas where even an ambulance can not enter. If you enter from one place you do not know from where to come out. A cage type of situation.

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  • AlRukn
    Mar 3, 2013 - 1:27AM

    @Antebellum:
    @Concerned Karachiite:
    Well, Karachi already has several fold more constituencies than other cities to adopt 10% of the population of Pakistan that’s migrating here for a piece of this golden pie daily. With such a gigantic task other similar cities around the globe has fourtimes more murders and deaths.

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Mar 3, 2013 - 8:45AM

    Courts are doing nothing but hoodwinking public. Instead of punishing the terrorists without asking about their affiliations they are merely lecturing for cosmetic steps. If courts are sincere they should setup expedited hearing for the people being arrested for target killings.

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