SC orders door-to-door verification of electoral rolls in Karachi


The Supreme Court in its verdict over bogus voters list in Karachi on Wednesday directed the Election Commission (EC) to verify voters in the city by conducting a door-to-door check with the help of the army and the frontier constabulary.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed had reserved its verdict on November 28 over the petitions pertaining to the issue filed by the PTI, JI and PML-N.
Justice Azmat Saeed, the member of the bench, read the verdict comprising 24 pages.
In the verdict, the apex court said that it was necessary to correct the list in the city. The court ordered that Karachi’s electoral lists should be verified with assistance from the army and the Frontier Corps
During proceedings of the case, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had submitted the report on the voter lists in Karachi. The ECP Sindh informed the court that 32,231 voters could not be verified. The lawyer for JI Rasheed A Rizvi said there was a house with 653 registered voters in the city.
The bench said voter lists required a through review and directed that the lists should be compiled and verified with assistance from the army.
Votes should not be transferred from one area to another without the voters’ consent, the bench said in its short order.
The ruling further stated that it was up to the discretion of every citizen as to where they want to cast their vote.