Benazir says Pak EC is a corrupt and a biased body

December 10th, 2007 - 2:11 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Dec 10 (ANI): Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has described Pakistans Election Commission (EC) as a body that is corrupt, biased” and one that has failed to to act on “complaints of fraud”.
Writing in the Christian Science Monitor, Bhutto says that if credible elections are not held on January 8, 2008, it will have dangerous consequences for Pakistan and the rest of the world. Extremism will continue to grow, putting everyone at risk, she adds.
“The world must insist on free and fair elections in Pakistan,” she said, adding that President Pervez Musharrafs last term in office demonstrated that dictatorship has fuelled extremism.
Bhutto stressed that democracy offers the best hope for containing extremism, but it all depends on a fair electoral process. That is not happening, she added.
“Ghost polling stations dot practically every parliamentary constituency. Electoral lists are fatally flawed, with more over million unverified and missing names,” the Daily Times quoted Bhutto, as saying.
The sanctity of any future ballot is doubtful against reports that district returning officers have been ordered to disperse 20,000 ballots that have already been marked, she added.
Bhutto said that these bogus votes will be cast through the process of double voting in the improvised voting stations in ballot boxes that are “translucent rather than transparent.”
She said that in Punjab, out of the 148 seats, 108 have been marked for rigging for government-backed candidates. By the time all such reports of fraud come in from across the country, the elections will be over, she added.
Bhutto complained that there was also no plan in place to ensure that votes counted at voting stations would be delivered to local consolidation centres without being manipulated en route.
“At the very least, America can and should prod Musharraf to give Pakistanis an independent Election Commission, a neutral caretaker administration, and an end to blatant vote manipulation,” she said. (ANI)

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