SC orders complete implementation of electoral reforms

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to submit a report within a period of two weeks, enlisting steps taken to implement its verdict regarding electoral reforms.

The three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Justice Sh Azmat Saeed issued the directive on a civil miscellaneous plea moved by the Workers Party regarding complete implementation of the court’s verdict of June 8, 2012.

During the course of proceedings, Bilal Hussain Manto, counsel for the petitioner, raised serious reservations alleging the ECP for non-implementation of the judgment.

Manto said that the measures taken by the ECP were insufficient as it took steps only with regard to hoardings, banners and bill boards etc, which were not enough.

Munir Paracha, counsel for the ECP, apprised the bench about the steps taken so far to implement the court’s judgement.

He said that the commission was bound to implement the court’s judgment and emphasized that it had already taken various steps.

The Chief Justice directed him to submit a detailed statement regarding the steps taken by the ECP so far after the judgment of June 2012.

The bench while terming the petitioner’s apprehensions substantial, also directed him to submit his objections in writing and adjourned hearing for a period of two weeks