Politicians, pundits and pen-pushers, who expect or wish for general elections by the end of this year, have their heads in the clouds. They should have their feet on the ground. Suppose Parliament is dissolved today. An interim government will be in place immediately. The law requires that elections be held within 90 days. Can it happen? Consider these points: Under a new law, voters will have to show their national identity cards before casting votes. At present, the Election Commission and NADRA are deleting 37 million bogus voters from the present voter lists and entering over 35 million new votes. That process will take at least up to March next year, according to NADRA. It may be even more. If Election Commission decides on door-to-door verification of lists, add several months. No voter lists, no election. Secondly, census will take place in September this year. (House numbering was done in April.) The law requires that new delimitation of constituencies be done after every census. The Election Commission will have to wait for the census data before starting delimitations. Then it will seek objections from the people before issuing final delimitation of new constituencies. Now keep in mind that the Census Organization and NADRA are both under the Federal Government and Election Commission cannot hold elections without their cooperation. If census results are delayed and NADRA needs more time to produce new voter lists, how can there be elections before March next or even soon after that? Conclusion: Interim government will request Supreme Court for extension of time for holding elections. That extension may be for any length of time. And if Parliament is not dissolved before March, what can stop PPP from getting a majority in the Senate elections? MUHAMMAD ABD AL-HAMEED, Lahore, July 6.