Stop Corrupt Politicians in Pakistan from Getting Elected
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We concerned and affected citizens and voters would like to file a petition before the Supreme Court of Pakistan to protect our fundamental right to a free and fair election by requiring all candidates to file full information and disclosure as required in the 2013 elections rules and enumerated in the Lahore High Court (LHC) judgement of Justice Ayesha Malik in the nomination forms of candidates.
Her ruling reflects our concerns because in a self serving legislation parliament had recently mutilated the information and declaratory requirements of aspiring candidates to protect and promote their self-serving interests, thereby denying us basic information such as: their education, income tax paid, criminal offences or investigations against them; their incomes and assets and those of their immediate family members.
We regard the transparent availability of this information our fundamental right to enable us to make an informed assessment of the credibility and integrity of those soliciting our vote, to help achieve the overarching objective of a free and fair election. The LHC ruling that gave us back this right should not be overturned.
WE BELIEVE THAT the LHC ruling SHOULD be upheld. This correction should not become a pretext for delaying the polls. The forms need immediate rectification, an action that should not in any way encumber the timely accomplishment of the election process. The revised forms can be uploaded on the ECP website in no time and candidates can download them , which should not lead to any delay in the timetable. The frenzy being created by some political parties about a possible delay is a bogus smokescreen to protect some of their candidates with dubious credentials.
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