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Pak's opposition parties' 'snap polls' demand unlikely to be fulfilled

Lahore, Thu, 30 Jun 2011 ANI

Lahore, June 30(ANI): Pakistan's opposition parties' demand of holding snap polls in the country is likely to be unfulfilled as new computerized electoral rolls would not be ready before February 2012, and the Pakistan People Party-led government would like to hold the elections after completing its tenure.


"Since the new electoral rolls have to be verified by Nadra, the Election Commission has set a deadline of February 2012 to prepare new voters' lists which are flawless and acceptable to all major political parties", the Nation quoted the Provincial Election Commissioner Akhtar Hussain Sabir, as saying.


Following Muttahida Quami Movement's decision to sit on opposition benches, the demand for early elections is gaining momentum with Pakistan Muslim League-N leading from the front along with Pakistan Tehrik-e- Insaaf and Jamaat- e- Islami parties.


But, of late, questions have been raised about authenticity of the existing electoral rolls, especially after National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) did not authenticate 37.2 million voters out of 82 million registered votes in 2007 voter lists. This means that about 45 percent of the total 82 million voters are dubious and new elections cannot be held on the basis of existing rolls.


Sabir said the door-to-door verification campaign would start from July 18 onwards to ascertain the new entries made into the voters' list. A new list would be sent to Nadra for issuing a final list, he added.


A writ petition has also been filed in the Pakistan's Supreme Court pleading for removal of all dubious votes from the electoral list. (ANI)


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