Polls not to be delayed over voters' list errors’
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Wednesday that the next general elections could not be affected or delayed due to errors in the voter lists, according to media reports. The chief justice said that assistance of Army and the Frontier Corps (FC) could be sought in preparation of the voter lists.
A three member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard the case. The counsels of the petitioners told the Supreme Court that the Secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had assured the court on July 7, 2011 that the lists of the voters were being prepared and the voters would be registered according to their present residential addresses.
Adding that, the petitioners claimed that around 1-1.5 million people were affected by the errors in the residential addresses. Director General of Election Commission Sher Afzal told the apex court that after court's directions, authorised people were sent to visit people and verify their addresses.