ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Tuesday gave the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) two weeks to file a report on the bogus votes scandal.
The action came in the wake of a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chief, Imran Khan.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, during the hearing of the case, said that the matter was of grave concern and could not be ignored. He said that no one would be allowed to disrespect public mandate.
The PTI chief had filed a petition on April 7, in the Supreme Court seeking a revision of electoral rolls and a reform of the electoral process. Khan had said that the recent revelation by the Election Commission that almost 44 per cent of registered voters are bogus votes made the status of the present assemblies and the government dubious.
Khan said that the purpose of filing the election petition was to force the government and the Election Commission under the directives of the apex court to prepare fresh electoral rolls eliminating all bogus votes and introducing and incorporating the new eligible votes that can be verified from the database and record of NADRA.
He suggested preparation of electoral roll in a manner that should include the name of a voter in such electoral area wherein his address mentioned on the CNIC of the voter exists.