Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Hamid Ali Mirza on Monday said the electoral lists would be finalised by the end of May and suggested political parties not to interfere in its proceedings.

Speaking at a meeting organised to consult with political parties for the preparation of new electoral lists, Mirza said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was a free and independent institution and hindering its proceedings would be unconstitutional.

Mirza said that complete voters' lists could not be prepared by Feb 23 - the deadline given by the Supreme Court.

The ECP, political parties, civil society and media held a consultative session Monday to discuss key issues for ensuring credible and transparent elections in the country.

Mirza said all institutions should operate within their boundaries. The chief election commissioner said that the lists could not be finalised before the end of May. "And before that there would be no constitutional value of the lists," he added.

He said it was the responsibility of the election commission to hold by elections on time and a constitutional requirement. He said the constitutional position of the election commission should e respected and all institutions should work by remaining within their mandate otherwise it would lead to anarchy.

He said it was not possible to complete the electoral lists by 23rd February and two reports have been submitted to the Supreme Court in this connection.

The Chief Election Commissioner said that all the constitutional requirements ae to be completed in the preparation of electoral rolls.

PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra of the PML-N, Nayyar Bukhari of PPP, Liaquat Baloch of Jamaat-i-Islami, Hashim Babar of ANP and MQM's leader Iqbal Qadri attended the meeting.

Earlier, the Supreme Court has ordered the ECP to complete the voter lists till February 23.

Later addressing a press conference Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmad said that eleven out of fourteen political parties attended the meeting. He said they have achieved fourteen out of fifteen targets in the past two years and only preparation of electoral rolls remains. He in cooperation with NADRA 37 million fake voters were deleted and 36 million additional voters were included. He said it was wrong that the Commission was working on somebody's instructions.

He said next month electoral rolls will be displayed at 65000 places for three weeks which is a constitutional requirement. In case of objections, these would be sent back to NADRA. He said the work was to be completed by January, 2012 but due to rains, dengue virus and other reasons, it could not be accomplished.

The Secretary said Supreme Court has been requested that the lists would be ready by May, 2012. He said in addition to voters lists, dozens of other measures are needed for ensuring transparent elections and hoped that the entire work would be completed in the next five or six months. He said every voter was being given SMS facilities to check his vote. He said the next elections would be held on the basis of previous constituencies. However the commission has the power to remove any difficulty in the constituency.

In reply to a question the Secretary Election Commission said the Supreme Court has played an important role in strengthening election commission and they cannot violate the orders of the apex court. He pointed out that it was election commission's constitutional responsibility to hold bye elections within 60 days.

He said a report of the consultative meeting would be submitted to the Supreme Court.