Law minister hints at amending election laws.

ISLAMABAD -- Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar has said that the government is seriously considering to amend the election laws for ensuring transparent polls in the country.

'We are seriously thinking and carefully examining that at least those amendments should be included which already have the consensus,' said the minister while addressing a stakeholder's conference on 'Electoral Transparency' jointly hosted by Center for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI), Coalition for Elections and Democracy (CED) and Fredrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

Defending the government's intentions to delay the elections, Mr Tarar said elections were very important but they needed to see the environment too. He regretted that unfortunately the successive governments did not give importance to the local government elections which were key for democracy and democratic process.

PPP Senator Taj Haider said the census and delimitations were key ingredients for free and fair elections in any country but no one talked about these issues.

Mustafa Kamal, a senior leader of the Muttehida Qaumi Movement, said his party boycotted the latest local government elections in Karachi as the latest census was not being carried out transparently. He also complained about 'serious flaws' in the delimitations in Karachi, stating that there was great disparity among union councils in terms of registered voters. He said there was a dire need that all the political stakeholders should sit...

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