While underscoring the importance of the continuity of the democratic process in the country President PPP Punjab, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that the next transfer of power should also take place in accordance with the constitution and best democratic practices as was implemented by the Pakistan people’s Party last year.
He added that the democratic system must not derail in the country because it was the only plausible hope to overcome the multiple challenges the country was embroiled in presently.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo urged the Election Commission of Pakistan, Judiciary and other relevant forums to pro-actively pursue the disposal of election complaints pending before the Election Tribunals almost more than a year. The Election Tribunal is required to dispose off such complaints within three months of the elections according to the law, he added.
He observed that he failed to understand as why the Election Commission of Pakistan was delaying the verification of thumb impressions of the voters in the four constituencies of Lahore as identified by the PTI Chief Imran Khan.
He also called upon the Election Commission to pay heed to the complaints of Mrs. Bushra Aitzaz, Lahore , and Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, Kasur, who contested the National Assembly Elections held last year. They have presented irrefutable proofs of the election irregularities in the respective constituencies, he argued.
He maintained that it was equally important that the democratic dispensation ensure good governance and provide relief to all and sundry. The adequate delivery of services to the people in the fields of education, health, transportation, administration of speedy and inexpensive justice and protection to their life and property would enhance their confidence in democracy in tandem with their aspirations.
He cautioned that if democracy failed to deliver in these accounts then the people would get disappointed that would not serve well to the country and its political system.
He added that if the agonizing load shedding cobbled with serious law and order situation continues to sway the society then the vulnerabilities to the system would unleash to the dismay of all of us.
He argued that the fair, impartial and transparent elections held the key for the realization of the constitutional objectives and therefore it was of profound importance that the Election Commission of Pakistan, civil society, Judiciary and the Parliament should work out a mechanism based on collective wisdom for holding transparent elections in absolute terms.
He pointed out that the manipulated and engineered elections cut the very basis of democracy and undermined the aspirations of the people in a brazen way that could not be condoned on any pretext.