KARACHI (PPI) - The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has demanded an autonomous Election Commission, unbiased caretaker government and genuine voter lists for holding free, fair and transparent elections in the country. Political parties outside the parliament should be taken into confidence on the appointment of new Chief Election Commissioner for five years and the Commission’s members for three years. The CEC and the members should not be removed from their offices by the President or Prime Minister, top PTI leader Azam Khan Swati told newsmen here in the City on Thursday.

Swati who recently resigned from the Senate and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and joined the PTI, said that the caretaker government members should be impartial and detached to hold transparent and fair elections.

He said that new electoral lists prepared by the Election Commission was nearly ready but “not genuine as some elements got shifted original votes from closest polling stations in a National and Provincial Assembly constituency to far-off polling stations.”

He said that the PTI believed that delimitation of National and Provincial Assemblies constituencies should be based on natural boundaries which was not done in February 2008 elections to serve interests of certain parties by former President Pervez Musharraf. There was need to address this issue for fair and free polls. Moreover, it should be mandatory to produce CNICs by male, female voters in elections.

Swati, who gave up his American citizenship in December 1996 before contesting National Assembly elections from Mansehra as independent candidate and declared his assets in the US, UAE and Pakistan said that the PTI strongly believed in accountability and total eradication of corruption being done by the present rulers. PTI Chairman Imran Khan will address public meeting in Abbotabad on April 8 after which date will be decided to hold public meeting in Quetta, he added. PTI’s countrywide membership campaign will start on March 25 after meeting of its Central Executive Committee.