The Charms of ECP


The Charms of ECP

It is finally over! Who would be participating and who would be chased out? Who has a “fake degree” and who has the got reall? All of the raging questions resolved almost 4 weeks before election. But, meanwhile words that were heard resonating the most were Article 62,63. Before debating over articles we haven’t even seen before:

 
62.    Qualifications for membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament):
(1) A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless-
(a) He is a citizen of Pakistan;
(b) He is, in the case of the National Assembly, not less than twenty -five years of age and is enrolled as a voter in any electoral roll in

 

(i) any part of Pakistan, for election to a general seat or a seat reserved for non-Muslims; and

 

(ii) any area in a Province from which she seeks membership for election to a seat reserved for women.

 

(c) he is, in the case of Senate, not less than thirty years of age and is enrolled as a voter in any area in a Province or, as the case may be, the Federal Capital or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, from where he seeks membership;

(d) he is of good character and is not commonly known as one who violates Islamic Injunctions;
(e) he has adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings and practices obligatory duties prescribed by Islam as well as abstains from major sins ;
(f)  he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law;
(g) he has not, after the establishment of Pakistan, worked against the integrity of the country or opposed the ideology of Pakistan.

 

(2) The disqualifications specified in paragraphs (d) and (e) shall not apply to a person who is a non-Muslim, but such a person shall have good moral reputation.]

 

Enough! I should not be writing anything more, everyone who can read and understand what this Article says. But it seems like that our political forces suffer from myopic vision. As a Pakistani I am watching the election time line flowing towards its end too. Nomination papers were distributed then collected and people interested in contesting were asked questions. Based on their answers they were allowed to participate in elections.
This is the first time in the history of Pakistan that the submitted papers are easily available for common man. Kudos to all who worked on this project. But the question is how much does it help? Before we get into that detail let’s talk about the process of this whole exercise. Election Commission has Returning Officers all around the country who were collection the nomination papers and were asking question based on the provisions of above said article.

 

 

Now is the time to go back and read the article one more time. Pay special attention to 62 d,e and f. The article does state the criteria, but raises few extremely important questions:
a) Who are going to be the RO and who is going to be testing them to test people?
b) “Adequate knowledge of Islamic Teachings”, what is the adequate knowledge?
c)  “He is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate”, what is the definition of righteous?
Despite these questions, I have mentioned earlier in my previous writings too that The Constitution is NOT a book of God and should be changed where ever it is necessary with the consensus of the People of Pakistan, my reason of this writing is the practice of these articles in the recent days. The recent practice of ECP raises some serious question on its credibility:
a) How come a person nominated in Major National issues and cases is ‘Sadiq and Ameen’, e.g. Asghar Khan case where it has been proved that Government agencies paid money to Politicians to topple down PPP?

 

 

b) How come a person becomes “Clean”, with the blanket benefits of NRO?

 

 

Despite these, another major issue that we saw in due course are the questions that were asked by the RO in Pakistan. For example, a person was declared “Not Saadiq” if he has NOT paid his telephone bill of few hundred rupees, but on the other hand people who took billions of rupees and are bank defaulter were cleared.
1) The RO were asking candidates to recite “Dua-e-qanoot”. 6 Kalimas.
2)      In one instance, RO asked the Female candidate that he does not believe that the candidate is 35 yrs of age, so she should turn around and show her back.

 

There are many more questions like this. As a Pakistani what I can see is that Election Commission of Pakistan is NOT working as Election Commission but as “Selection Commission” and is selecting who ever “THEY” want and rejecting whoever they want.

 

My simple advise to ECP, read what the constitution says:

 

218. Election Commission:
(3) It shall be the duty of the Election Commission [239KA][ * * ] to organize and conduct the election and to make such arrangements as are necessary to ensure that the election is conducted honestly, justly, fairly and in accordance with law, and that corrupt practices are guarded against.
It seems like ECP is reading this Article completely backwards. This act of ECP might has created a storm in the tea pot but will never help bringing back the Ideology of our beloved Quaid-e-Azam and will take Pakistan farther away to become Quaid’s Pakistan.



Saqib Mohiuddin

An IT trainer settled in the US

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  • http://twitter.com/FarriRizvi Farheen Rizvi

    Agreed with the writer….People should be questioned.. but the biggest question is by who? Some rejected paper on basis of nothing and some papers are accepted even they are the biggest bank defaulters?

  • Farooq Hashmi

    Mr.Modiuddin, It’s heartening that unlike the other Pakistanis’ traditional disposition to sanctifying the mundane daily matters, you have not branded the clauses of the Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution as an untouchable covenant.Pakistanis consider them sacrosanct because they contain terms as”Ideology of Pakistan”,”adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings”,” sagacious,righteous and non-profligate” and “sadiq and ameen”and others.Dictator Zia’s regime had inserted in the Constitution of Pakistan,those absurd,farcical and ambiguous clauses with the design of keeping PPP from coming into power again and winning the cheap popularity among the gullible masses to prolong Zia’s reign of terror. The interpretation of the foregoing terms vary from person to person.There is no yardstick of measuring the “adequacy” of one’s knowledge of Islamic teachings.What is “adequate”from the viewpoint of one person may be “inadequate” from another’s.What touchstone can there be for testing one’s “sagacity”,”righteousness”and “non-profligacy”?Truthfully speaking, there is no uniform method of testing good and bad traits of a person’s character.Again, the concept of “ideology of Pakistan” is extremely controversial. Contrary to the stance of a small segment of the religiose people, a big chunk of Pakistan’s population believes that the ‘raison d’etre’ of Pakistan is no other than the economic betterment of the Muslims and the non-Muslims of the country.The way the term “sadiq and ameen” has been mauled in the course of the scrutiny of the nomination papers of the candidates,arouses one’s pity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/taj.ahmad.509 Taj Ahmad

    All candidate who running election in May 2013 must be well cleaned, educated
    with real college degree and good family background with full intention to
    serve their town and country.

  • S Nasrullah

    My comments of Two Week ago are still waiting for the approval of the Moderator. Please wake up from your sweet slumber!!!

    ” The PPP and its Coalition partners waded through the Finish Line of completing Five Years of their uninterrupted tenure; and if the battery of People’s Lawyers fraternity with many evil genius among them, failed to read the crucial Articles 62 & 63, it was inexcusable omission. They did bring in Amendments for their own good or glory, mustering broad support of their coalition partners, but did it not occur to them that in the end they could not tackle an issue that bit them hard.

    If you enter Exams for College and University Degrees, does it matter who the Invigilators are? Are they qualified? Who appointed them? For the Viva Voce Tests (interview) would any examinee ever question the qualification of an Examiner? Give me a break, man!! As an educated man I am on the turf with the enlightened ones.

    From the word go:” But it seems like that our political forces suffer from myopic vision.” to the end: ” This act of ECP might has created a storm in the tea pot but will never help bringing back the Ideology of our beloved Quaid-e-Azam and will take Pakistan farther away to become Quaid’s Pakistan.” What complex construction – a Chinese Concentric model. Where is the myopia in exercising certain basic conditions for eligibility? And the brilliant inference that a storm in the tea cup could not bring back the Ideology of Quaid-e-Azam and yet while taking it farther away would become Quaid’s Pakistan. Haste makes waste.

    The terms “Sadiq” and “Ameen” may be a relative description that portends “on the balance” implying that though a human being fraught with frailties, but the positive traits outweigh the negative ones. Every individual gunning for Public Office has acquired personality and character built over time that may arouse people’s suspicion or faith. For appointing officers in 17th Grade (CSSP), young people go through a gamut of critical scrutiny. The Public Leaders, after all, are elected to lead the nation to its destiny – it is vitally important to truthfully gauge candidates’ worth before reposing Trust and validating the Mandate