The National Assembly in its
session on Wednesday passed Electoral Reforms Bill for “free and fair” polls.
The Government has announced to amend the Articles 62 and 63 of the
According to the said bill, every citizen will be given right to be a part of a
political party, except those in government service and also have right to form
party. Hence, anyone who has hurt national interest or looted country can form
party and no law will stop him working as a political leader. It also enables
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to scrutinize election expenses within 90
days; failing which election expense submitted by a political party would deem
to be correct.
The bill states that any parliamentarian could only be disqualified for a period
of five years and ECP will be an independent and autonomous body, will formulate
its own law. If this amendment is made, it is defying of decisions made by
Supreme Court. Also, if one has been disqualified after being accused of
corruption and money laundering can be chairman of any political party. After
five years of disqualification, the accused will be qualified for selection of
any position. One can think that after five years of disqualification, can a
person’s crime of hurting national interest be diminished? There would be nobody
to stop him committing the same crime again because he would have no fear of
being disqualification for being a political leader.
ECP can allow someone to be a part of political system, who has been
disqualified by superior judiciary. ECP also gets additional powers allowing it
to summon services any institution to investigate irregularities in assets
details. According to this bill, ECP shall prepare an action plan six months
before the elections and delimit constituencies after every census.
Citizens who have obtained Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) from
National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) will be automatically enrolled
Electoral reform bill will enable former prime minister to be elected as
chairman of any political party. This bill is aimed to defy superior judiciary
as well as to further strengthen hold of one family onto hapless people of this
country. Moreover the bill will lead to compound the web of corruption further
in to CHOAS and Mafia.
In Pakistan, most of the people are living in a state of mind called “Obsession
central”. This means they are following people, not ideology. Most of the
political parties are running on names of persons rather than ideology. This
state of mind can easily be observed in the results of NA 120 by election and
political situations of the country from a couple of months.
From the first day of the verdict of Panama Case, most of the senators and
members of National Assembly are continuously saying that Nawaz Sharif is still
Prime Minister of hearts. Now this bill is moved to restore his chairmanship of
PML (N) and ultimately making a pavement to senate and National Assembly. They
are trying to redo the said decision of disqualification through amendments in
constitution even after the crime of money laundering and keeping off shore
companies has been confirmed. Supreme Court took two months for the said verdict
and there is no ambiguity in it.
In other words, this bill is presented by present Government just to restore
position of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who has been disqualified after
long judicial process. He has been accused of having offshore companies and
assets for which he was unable to give any record. Parliament has approved bill
for corrupt people to rule the country saving them from Judiciary as well.