In view of the data submitted by the Islamabad Electricity Supply Company (IESCO), 382 politicians among them, leading Senators and former legislators, could be barred from contesting elections for failing to pay their bills while staying at parliament lodges. In line with its swift but stern handling of such cases, the ECP has promptly circulated the list of these defaulters to its regional offices as well as the returning officers with the orders to reject their nomination papers after a thorough scrutiny. Where this is a highly laudable move, these legislators should be ashamed of themselves all the more so since they were thought to be public representatives. Not only are they guilty of breaking the law, but also stand guilty of doing a great harm to the national exchequer given the cumulative amount. Yet another instance of how they have betrayed public trust.

It is becoming obvious that the ECP’s determination to act independently would not be impinged even where powerful members of the ruling class are concerned.

An unflinching resolve to follow transparency whatever the odds must be kept up. However, at the same time, it is expected that other cheats, like tax defaulters and fake degree holders also are made to undergo the same rigorous checking. Whoever is found to be on the wrong side of the law, the doors of polls should be closed on them.