LAHORE - The business community has said that present constituency-based electoral system has failed to deliver as it is hurdle in election of common man, including small traders - the true representatives of 180 million people.

This was observed by city’s major market representatives of APAT in a meeting held on Saturday. The meeting, presided over by central general secretary Naeem Mir, was attended by Abdul Wadud Alvi, Imtiaz Ahmed, Farooq Azad, Javed Khan, Hafiz Asim, Kh Khalid, Hassan Baloch, Ahmed Raza and Khalid Butt.

The participants of the meeting appreciated the Election Commission of Pakistan reminder to the political parties asking them to file intra-party poll documents and statements of their accounts.

The trade leaders of the provincial capital also called for restructuring of the electoral system in the country and contended that the current constituency-wise polls grant too much power to party leaders, leaving politicians to answer to the political elite and not voters at large.

Addressing the meeting, APAT general secretary Naeem Mir said that constituencies are established according to the wish with a view to get particular groups and favourite parties elected while provincial and national assemblies electorates are so large that no person from middle class even thinks of contesting polls, as millions of rupees have to be spent for this. He observed that today, political parties are weak while its leaders are powerful. Parties lack democracy, as their chiefs are just like civil dictators.

The main parities of the country have turned to be family groups. He pointed out that the checking of door to door voters list should be made not only in Karachi but also all over Pakistan, besides restructuring of electorates.

He observed that effective electoral reforms are must for free and fair polls in the country. The reforms should also consist of necessary internal party elections and the parties which fail to conduct internal polls, should be banned to contest general elections.

The participants of the meeting suggested the government to constitute the provincial electorate, consisting of only 50,000 voters while national assembly voters should not exceed 100,000 figure.