Pakistan’s Supreme Court has been informed that 37 million bogus votes have been excluded from voter lists. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan also informed the court that 36 million new voters would be included with the assistance of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
Earlier, ECP Joint Secretary Sher Afgan had said that 37 million votes in the electoral lists were not bogus, but unverified votes, and could not be removed until next year.
He had also said that if these 37 million votes were deleted, then by-elections could not be held in future. Rejecting his point of view, the apex court summoned the ECP Joint Secretary, who took completely different stance on this issue and said that with the assistance of NADRA, they were preparing new voters lists.
He also said that the campaign for the verification of 80 million voters would be launched from July 18, and would be completed in a month’s time, The Nation reports.
It has also been decided to include photographs in the voters list, and the whole process would be completed by December 2011, he added.