Letter to be signed by 100 people to the ECP

Published: February 23, 2013
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A letter to ECP from the Citizens for Fair Elections.

Justice Mr Fakhruddin G Ebrahim,
Chief Election Commissioner,
Pak Secretariat, Block 44 A
Shahrah-e-Iraq, Saddar
Karachi

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Citizens’ demand

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Honourable sir,

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has a historic opportunity to forever change the dark and disreputable politics of Pakistan. Free and fair elections will remain hollow clichés unless the ECP acts to purge the past violators and creates an effective filtration process for the future lawmakers.

We, the ‘Citizens for Fair Elections’ demand that the Election Commission put an end to the eternal recycling of political sewage by taking the following bold steps:

1. Disqualify all fake degree holders:

The ECP should order the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provide exact details of all parliamentarians who either have fake degrees or have concealed their degrees to prevent verification by HEC. Both categories of parliamentarians should be disqualified for their fraud and dishonest actions.

2. Disqualify all dual nationals:

The ECP should ask for an affidavit and verify from other sources the dual nationality status of each legislator. Those with dual nationality or those who do not provide an affidavit confirming that they are not dual nationals should be disqualified.

This should include people like Rehman Malik who acquired and then presumably gave up their dual nationality. Article 63C of the constitution reads,

“A person shall be disqualified from being elected as a Member of Parliament if he acquires the citizenship of a foreign state.”

The act of once acquiring is sufficient to disqualify a legislator.

3. Disqualify loan defaulters:

(Details may be obtained from the State Bank of Pakistan and all banks.)

4. Disqualify tax evaders:

(Details may be obtained from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for the last five years.)

5. Disqualify defaulters of utility bills:

(Details may be obtained from all utility service providers for the last five years.)

“ECP should get the exact details for the past five years from SBP, FBR and utilities service providers and disqualify all those legislators who have violated articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.”

Yours sincerely,

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Dear Readers,

Please read the following letter to the ECP, and if you agree to the terms set forth, print out a copy, sign it and post it to the address provided at the top. Please do provide your insight and decision in the comments thread below as well.

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