LAHORE: In pursuance of a ‘charter of demands’ presented by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan while addressing a public rally in Islamabad on May 11, the provincial chapter of the party filed a three-point resolution in the Punjab Assembly (PA) on Monday, demanding reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), introduction of biometric system for polling and grant of voting right to overseas Pakistanis.
Opposition Leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed filed the resolution in the PA Secretariat that urges the government to hold next elections after reconstituting an independent ECP and also after introducing biometric system to avoid chances of rigging.
Talking to the press in his chamber after submitting the resolution, Rasheed said that the PTI chief had highlighted basic problems democracy was facing in Pakistan, as democratic system could not be strengthened until election system was made fair, free and transparent.
Without putting a good election system in place, he said, the masses would not be able to elect their real and genuine representatives who would in turn serve the masses. He said that the PTI would continue its struggle inside and outside the assemblies to achieve its objective of achieving true democracy in the country.
He said that it had been established now that mandate of voters in favour of the PTI was “snatched” in the general election on May 11, 2013, and that the ECP had failed to fulfil its obligation to hold free, fair and transparent elections.
Observing that democracy and corrupt system of elections could no longer be run side by side, he urged the government to consider the demands of the PTI and implement the same if it was sincere in taking Pakistan ahead.
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