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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court sought an explanation from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday for changing polling stations of ‘unverified voters’ from their current to their permanent addresses, DawnNews reported.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a case on the errors and irregularities in voters’ lists.

The bench directed the ECP to restore three million votes to Karachi, seeking an explanation for transferring the votes from Karachi to the voters’ respective native areas without their consent.

The ECP had decided to register the vote of a person at his permanent address in case the voter was not approachable to verify his address during the preparation of electoral rolls.

On Saturday, the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) had defended their decision, declaring that the 4.8 million unverified voters registered at their permanent addresses included 69 lawmakers, bureaucrats, army officers and six judges of the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar remarked that he lived in Islamabad but would vote from Quetta and he was pleased with the arrangement.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that this case should not be resolved in a manner that may result in postponing the elections as it was not feasible to do so. According to him, no directives that would bring forward negative results should be issued.

Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s lawyer, Hamid Khan said that 48 million voters had been transferred to different addresses.

Subsequently, the hearing was adjourned until tomorrow.

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akhter husain
November 21, 2012 6:27 pm
ECP rightfully corrected the voter's list by transferring it according to permanent address.They may cast their votes by post as per practice,only permanent residents have a right to elect representatives of the area..This will also help curbing bogus voting in the cities...
Uza Syed
November 21, 2012 8:02 pm
THe Chief Justice should announce results of election without any voting at all---go ahead and declare your favourites winners and call them the 'saviours' sent from heavens. Why not, you are supreme court in other words 'jungle ka badshah'!
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