SC directs ECP to take Army, FC help and carry out door to door verification of electoral rolls in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan ECP to take Pakistan Army and FC help and assistance and carry out proper and complete door-to-door verification of electoral rolls in Karachi to ensure that no voter is disenfranchised or dislocated.

Announcing its reserved verdict on a number of petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan and others against registration of bogus votes in Karachi, a three-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Seed, held that the electoral rolls of Karachi are required to be revised by the ECP in exercise of powers conferred upon it under Article 219 of the Constitution read with Electoral Rolls Act, 1974 to achieve the object, which is to be ensured by the Commission in terms of Article 218 of the Constitution.

The verdict authored by Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed also directed the ECP to rectify all the discrepancies related to the matter as early as possible. The court ruled that under Article 219 of the Constitution, the ECP is also commanded to revise the electoral list annually, object of which is none else, except that free and fair elections are held.