ISLAMABAD - PML-Q on Tuesday urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to adopt electronic voting, which had been successfully implemented in India and it should also be applied in the Pakistan to ensure transparency and prevent bogus voting. These proposals for the electoral reforms were presented by PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and the partys Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed at a seminar organised by the ECP and was presided over by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Hamid Ali Mirza. As per the PML-Q leadership, the proposals were floated to make the ECP a vibrant, independent and effective institution, which could ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the country rejecting all sorts of pressures from different quarters. The PML-Q said the ECP with the assistance of the NADRA should ensure that the voters lists should have photographs of voters in order to prevent bogus voting. The ECP should have full financial autonomy like the Supreme Court and the Parliament to make it free of the governments control or pressures. The tenure of the CEC and the ECP Secretary should be extended to 5 years, added the document. The proposal stated that in order to make women voters enable to exercise their right especially in the NWFP and Balochistan, there should be mobilisation campaigns through political parties, civil society organisations and NGOs and the number of women polling stations should be doubled to provide easy and swift access to the women voters. Staff for polling stations should be taken from other districts other than where the polling station is located so that candidates cannot influence staff either directly or indirectly. The spending limits for candidates in the elections should be dispensed with because it is never fully applied in practical terms and the candidates make false statements regarding spending on their elections. A mandatory procedure should be established for publishing the election result from each polling station recorded on the ECP Form XIV (statement of the count furnished by the presiding officers) before the gazetting of official results. The announcement of results for constituencies should be banned with more than percent voters turnout at any polling station (vote polled exceeds registered voters) or where women are prevented from voting at any polling station. Either the vote counts of these polling stations should be excluded from the official count or re-polling should take place in these stations. Provision of CNICs to all citizens free of cost through NADRA mobile units and offices must be ensured, the document added. PML-Q south enforcement of a ban on activities of the Government officials at all levels including mass transfers of personnel and initiation of new development schemes after the announcement of the election calendar. Adequate powers should be given the ECP to take action against partisan caretaker and local government officials to enforce all election laws, it added. To maintain security and avoid creating an atmosphere of intimidation and coercion in polling stations, the election law should specify that no weapons could be brought at any polling station by anyone except police and security officials. This rule should be enforced by presiding officers and security personnel. All polling officials must be required to carry their government service cards to prove their identity on the election day. Media should provide non-partisan reporting during campaigning and elections in order to provide valuable information. Media should avoid promoting ethnic or other divisive politics during elections. The proposals claim that the ECP is fundamentally run like any other government department/ministry and hence, it is often slow and sluggish to perform or respond to outside feedback. Most of the staff members of the ECP are unfortunately appointed on the temporary basis. The Federal Election Academy was established in 2004, as the separate training unit of the ECP, Which has not really been effective or professionally functional. It needs to be injected with new life through modern management and training techniques led by a more professional staff with a non-bureaucratic approach. There should be a separate research analysis and co-ordination wing of the ECP, which job should be to provide an analysis of the electoral patterns and constituencies and also co-ordinate constantly with political parties, civil societies and NGOs. This wing should be headed by a professional academic official, journalist or somebody else who has had grassroots experience in politics. The ECPs website should be an interesting, informative and interactive website where citizens can ask questions, comments or get feedback. It should be operational for 24 hours in a day. There should be public service advertisements regarding education for voters, especially female voters, educating citizens on their fundamental right to vote. Voter turnout had remained poor for the last 20 years, which was near around 40 percent. This needs to be enhanced so that Parliament is represented by all the people of Pakistan.