QUETTA - The legislators of Balochistan Assembly on Saturday urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to take notice of mistakes in voter lists and extend the last date for corrections to ensure fair polls.

During the session, Provincial Minister for WASA Habib-ur-Rehman Hassani raised the issue on a point of order and said that there were 90 per cent mistakes in the voters’ lists, displayed by the Nadra at different centres.

He said that the process of verifying voter lists was very complicated, adding that the time given for correcting the electoral rolls was very short. “There are many far-flung areas in the province where voter lists have still not been displayed,” he said. The minister said that the EC authorities had deliberately committed mistakes, which could be gauged from the fact that the name of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had been registered in Loralai.

He demanded that election commission should simplify the process of verification of voter lists and extend its last date.

Provincial Health Minister and leader of JUI-F Ainullah Shams said that the computerised voter-lists were full of mistakes. “Names of 4000 people of my constituency have been registered in Dukki,” he said.

He said that the EC, after 18th amendment, had been made autonomous, adding that it should ensure transparency in voters lists to the people.

Provincial Senior Minister Maulana Abdul Wasay said that there were chances of mistakes in registration of millions of voters however; through contacting the EC the mistakes could be removed.

Provincial Finance Minister Mir Asim Kurd Gilo said that there were flaws in voter-lists and voters of his constituency had been registered in Loralai. He said that the voters could be in trouble during elections if the lists were finalised in haste.

He said there were also reports from some areas that people were seriously threatened for not displaying voter-lists.

Provincial Ministers Abdul Khaliq Bashar Dost, Basant Lal Gulshan, Nasreen Kethran and Sultan Tareen also expressed their concern over flawed voter lists, saying that in many districts no display centres had been set up.

The lawmakers also suggested for bringing a resolution so that the EC could take notice of mistakes in voter lists and extend the last date for correcting electoral rolls.

Whereas, the speaker did not agree with the suggestion and said that he would contact authorities of election commission and apprise them about concerns of members.

Speaking on another point of order, ministers including Basant Lal Gulshan and Jey Parkash strongly condemned the abduction of Hindu girls in Sindh followed by their forced-conversion to Islam from Hinduism.

They said that though the issue had been raised in NA and Senate, a committee comprising of judges and MNAs should be formed and the victim girls should be produced before the commission.

They also condemned the abduction of Hindu Pharmacist Rajish Kumar and demanded for his early and safe release.