Our general elections are around the corner and yet there are no signs of having arrangements for any free, fair and transparent elections. The Election Commission except for CEC has not been formed as per constitution, which Dr Tahirul Qadri has explained. The electoral rolls being used for the balloting has many glitches, such as a real time voter list with accurate address and CNIC numbers.

When talking of fairness in polling what tools is the election commission using to ensure them? If a candidate is found to be ineligible to contest or cheating or pressurizing the polling staff, which is very common in our elections especially in rural areas, what will the election commission do? How will the EC ensure that candidates are up to the criteria set by Article 62 and 63 of the constitution? Some parameters should be laid down as one finds hardly anyone in Pakistan who is ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’. The caretaker government should have been decided by now. The dillydallying by the government gives indications of ill intentions of the rulers. The nation is becoming apprehensive if the elections would be held in time!


Lahore, February 14.