Law Minister Farooq Naek has stated that the Election Commission would not be dissolved and it was the President’s discretionary power to announce the election date. On the other hand, the Election Commission has done well to send the Electoral Reforms Bill to the Law Ministry for vetting and approval. One of the recommendations is that in case the contestant gets below 25 percent votes, his guarantee – whereby the money deposited with the ECP as a security – would stand forfeited. Also it has been proposed that the fee for contesting National Assembly seat be fixed at Rs 50,000, while that of Provincial Assembly at Rs 25,000. No wonder, it has met with strong opposition from Parliament.

These developments indicate that the country is heading towards polls, albeit there is always the danger of some unforeseen hurdle cropping up. As this time around a strenuous effort is underway to incorporate thorough reforms into the polling process, it is but natural for the forces of status quo to prevent this from happening. The Election Commission must be allowed to function independently; besides the task of installing the caretaker setup must be done diligently. A major challenge that the ECP faces is how impartially it would attend to the scrutiny process, so that candidates in line with the spirit of the constitution – truthful and of impeccable character — go on to lead the country.