Published On: Tue, Jan 14th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

NA committee wants census, delimitations and then LG polls

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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly’s standing committee for parliamentary affairs has recommended, a census followed by new delimitations, after which ECP (Election Commission of Pakistan), should announce new LG election schedule.

The meeting convened by Mian Abdul Manan on Monday at Parliament House, deliberated over issues like identification of votes through thumb impressions of voters, and regulations for empowering the standing committees.

During the session, ECP informed the committee that 7%-70% of votes were not bogus, yet were non-verified, since use of sub-standard electoral ink had made them illegible and hard to discern. Secretary ECP, Sher Afgan said that rigged elections were standard accusation , since loser candidates always decried foul , never agreeing with any verdicts of ECP.

He also disclosed that ECP operated a training Academy for polling staff in collaboration with UNDP, while ECP had also requested a one-acre plot for construction of a permanent academy.

The committee was also briefed by Dr. Sher Afgan that the next general elections of 2018 would be conducted through electronic voting machines, whose feasibility report had been readied. This machine would do dual jobs of voting as well as identifying the voter(s), and even finalizing the results. The committee has summoned detailed report about this machine in its next meeting.