The Supreme Court while issuing interim order regarding Electoral Reform Case said that the Election Commission is authorized to make an amendment in nomination papers.

Three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry conducted hearing of the aforesaid case and said the Supreme Court already has explained and interpreted the article 218 of the constitution.

The interim order further said that the Election Commission should take affective measures to hold in time elections in the country so that peaceful transfer of power may be made sure according to rule of law.

“The federation should not hesitate in following or implementing the court order”, said Interim Order.

Chief Justice said that the Election Commission also is authorised to make amendment in nomination papers, adding that different sections of the society should avoid disseminating confusions.

During hearing of the case, the Chief Justice remarked as why the Election Commission was deeming itself too weak to tackle legal complexities.

“We are fully backing the Election Commission for free and fair polls for formation of true representative government of the nation”, said Chief Justice.

The Supreme Court also expressed its concerns over non-issuance of funds to the commission.

The court was adjourned for next day.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, ECP’s member from Punjab Justice (retd.) Riaz Kayani said that implementation of reforms was vital to hold free and fair elections.

The ECP had earlier sent the ordinance’s draft to Law and Parliamentary Affairs ministries.  But no decision was taken by the ministries.

The ECP now says that it will forward the ordinance to caretaker government for approval as soon as it assumes the office.

Kayani said that under the constitution, President is bound to issue the ordinance within 15 days after Prime Minister’s recommendation.