ISLAMABAD - National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice gave approval to the draft of 20th  Amendment for providing constitutional cover to the parliamentarians elected in by-elections.The said lawmakers were elected at a time when the election commission was not complete, a condition mandatory now for the holding of elections after the passage of 18th Constitutional Amendment.Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) members boycotted proceedings of the committee, which approved the draft bill for tabling it before the parliament when only 7 of its 17 members were in attendance. The committee met under the chair of Begum Nasim Chaudhry at Parliament House with just eight members in attendance and initiated deliberations on the draft bill. Sardar Yaqoob Nasir of PML-N, who was present at the start, left the meeting at the asking of senior party leaders.The main aim of the bill tabled by Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Shah is to rectify a flaw which came to fore when the Supreme Court, while hearing a petition filed by Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, questioned the legal status of lawmakers elected to national and provincial assemblies in the by-elections held while the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was incomplete due to non-appointment of its members.As under the 18th amendment elections cannot be conducted by the ECP when the commission’s membership is not complete, the apex court gave time to the government until February 6 to protect such lawmakers by removing this flaw through bringing new legislation. The court warned that if the parliament would not protect these members, the court would suspend their membership.Syed Naveed Qamar, a committee member from treasury, said the objection of PML-N  that powers of ECP should not be delegated to the Chief Election Commissioner at all such times when commission is incomplete  was valid, and called for a rectification through the same amendment. It was suggested that a special para should be inserted in the draft bill stating that such a relaxation would be essentially a one-time relief and it could not be used as precedence in future.The committee in its meeting also termed the ECP authority to prepare electoral rolls unconstitutional. A sub-committee of the Standing Committee presented its report regarding the voter lists which said that under the constitution local governments are entitled to carry out this responsibility. The report called for removing the prevailing confusion in this connection.Earlier briefing the members, ECP secretary informed that in year 2007 the Supreme Court had directed the election commission to compile the fresh voter lists within one month time due to which a number of mistakes were committed. They would be careful this time, he said, adding, that was the reason they had sought time, till May end, from the apex court for preparations of the lists.