Free, fair elections always in PPP interest: Gilani

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that free, fair and transparent elections are always in the interest of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which is popular among the people and has its roots in all the four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Balitistan.Talking to a delegation of local journalists at his Defence Housing Authority residence here on Sunday, he said, the PPP had always been advocating for an independent election commission. All the political parties and the parliament have complete confidence in the present Election Commission, he added.To a question, he ruled out the possibility of holding any mid-term election, saying when the provinces had in writing admitted that environment was not conducive to hold even the by-election.
The Prime Minister said that the PPP would convince the other parliamentary parties including the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) to hold local government election prior to the next general election.

The Election Commission, he added, had told him that computerised voters list would be compiled by April 2012.
The PPP government is adhering to the politics of reconciliation and now it is up to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to ensure its comeback or not, he told a questioner.