KARACHI: At a time when the Elections Commission tried to make the verification process acceptable for all political parties by assuring the induction of army, the ruling Pakistan People’s Party has rejected the process which it says “is not only unnecessary, but will further corrupt voter lists”.
The party has, instead, suggested shifting votes on present addresses through data of national identity cards prepared by NADRA which the party considers “a reliable and verifiable data”.
A letter (dated 28th January 2013) to the Deputy Director (Elec-II) Election Commission of Pakistan by the General Secretary PPP Sindh in continuation to the earlier correspondence between the two, blames “hardly any houses have been visited and verifying staff has fraudulently filled verification forms and affixed fake signatures/thumb impressions on the forms”.
“Door-to-Door verification exercise which has already corrupted this data should be declared null and void and should not be repeated,” it added.
It is advised to the ECP to randomly scrutinize the thumb impressions by NADRA, saying it “can bring out the fact that most of the thumb impressions do not belong to the voters but to other persons including verifiers”.
The good intention of the ECP that voters should be enabled to vote within 2 kms of their residence cannot be materialized, if the voters’ lists are prepared on the basis of “permanent” and not on basis of “present address”, the letter reads. “Large number of voters who have migrated to large cities for economic reasons would stand practically disenfranchised if the lists remained on permanent address basis”, it added.
“Pakistan People’s Party Sindh feels that a lot of confusion and hassle can be set aside if the proposal agreed to by political parties (except one or two parties) is adopted by the Election Commission”, the letter said.
The party General Secretary, Taj Haider, in his letter has also blamed the ECP bureaucracy for sabotaging the efforts of Chief Election Commissioner and members of the commission.
“The CEC started a very positive trend of consulting political parties which had built confidence and created a very congenial atmosphere,” he opined and added, “Those who had expressed full confidence in the CEC and members of the commission and were welcomed for productive exchange of ideas inside the Election Commission are sitting in protest sit-in outside the Election Commission office”.
“We do understand that officials who have been instrumental in rigging the elections time and again find it very difficult to adjust to the participatory approach adopted by the CEC and members of the commission”, he added.
Published on February 1, 2013