PTI also demands ECP's reconstitution
06 February, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday demanded reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and showed concern over the failure of the commission in implementing the Supreme Court's order for delimitation of constituencies and verification of voter lists in Karachi.
Interestingly, PTI's latest demand matches Tahirul Qadri's call for restructuring of the ECP and demands of the PML-N and other opposition parties on delimitation of constituencies and verification of voter lists in Karachi, for which these parties staged a sit-in and held a march. The PTI came up with these demands after a meeting of the Political Strategy Committee (PSC) of the party, which met at its central secretariat with party chief Imran Khan in the chair.
The meeting took stock of the political situation in the country and the party's contacts with other likeminded political forces for possible alliance and seat adjustments for the upcoming elections. Participants of the meeting reiterated the demand for resignation of President Asif Zardari, arguing that being the co-chairman of the PPP, the president could not do justice with his role of overseeing the general elections, hence, his stay in the Presidency would make the election process doubtful.
PTI President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and Vice Chairman Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed the committee on the contacts made with different political parties in this regard. About possible electoral alliances with other political parties, the PSC reiterated its stance that the PTI was ready to talk with all those political parties which are not part of federal or provincial governments. The meeting also reviewed the performance of the ECP with a specific reference to the Supreme Court's verdict to conduct delimitation and voters' verification drive in Karachi, the alleged misuse of taxpayers' money by the federal and provincial governments and possible alliances and seat adjustments by the PTI with other political forces of the country.
Expressing its full confidence in the chief election commissioner, the participants of the meeting voiced concern over the poor performance of the ECP in implementation of the apex court's orders as well as checking of the alleged misuse of state resources by the federal and Punjab governments. The meeting said that the four provincial members of the ECP should be appointed afresh and only non-partisan individuals should be appointed to oversee the polls.