Electoral rigging: SC forms JC

Supreme Court of Pakistan has formulated a three-member commission headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk to probe the alleged rigging in the 2013 general election. President Mamnoon Hussain issued the Ordinance to proceed with the formation of a judicial commission which would investigate allegations of poll rigging.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and PML-N has finalized the terms and conditions of formation of judicial commission to probe the alleged rigging in general elections 2013. PTI termed it a success and result of party’s 126-day-long sit-in in Islamabad last year. PTI chairman Imran Khan, while reacting to the news of formation of judicial commission, congratulated his party members and the nation on this landmark achievement.

Apex court, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Amir Hani Muslim will be the other two members of the commission which is headed by the chief justice. The commission will hold its first meeting today at SC building.  Commission would determine whether or not the last general elections truly reflected the will of the people, preferably within 45 days. In case the commission determines that the election results did not reflect the true mandate of the people, the national and provincial assemblies will be dissolved and followed by fresh elections. Otherwise, all of PTI’s allegations over the veracity of the election will stand withdrawn.

There is dire need to bring the electoral reforms to strength democracy and by any mean if judicial commission would end up strengthening the electoral reforms it would be win-win result for all. Politicians have shown maturity to deal with political matters. Constitution of a Judicial Commission to probe into poll ‘rigging’ allegations is a good omen and lessons could be learnt by finding the flaws so next election could be held in a fair and transparent manner.

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