JI decries thumb impression verification fee

May 22, 2013 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Deputy Chief of Jamaat-i-Islami JI Sindh chapter Rashid Naseem has criticized Election Commission of Pakistan over charging fee for verification of thumb impressions of voters.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the JI leader termed the ECP policy an attempt to facilitate the privileged class and to help them go away with massive rigging in the polls.

Naseem said that before elections, the ECP and the National Database and Registration Authority Nadra had claimed free and fair polls due to the presence of new and modern equipment but rigging on May 11 had exposed both institutions.

Morally, Chairman ECP should have resigned from the post but if he cannot dare to do so he could play his role in providing justice to the candidates and cleaning the system, he said.

He said that the ECP and Nadra wasted precious money of the country in procuring modern equipment but rigging in current elections had broken the record of 1977.

“Therefore, it is the responsibility of the commission to verify thumb impression of voters and restore the confidence reposed by the nation on the commission by revealing rigging,” he said.

The JI leader said that if the ECP failed in its attempt to verify the votes then nation would be justified in understanding that the ECP and the Nadra were also part of rigging along with the establishment.