Christians, women deprived of vote rights in Pakistan

May 9, 2013 by  
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Christians, women deprived of voteHyderabad, May 09, 2013: In election 2013 of Pakistan, religious minorities are not allowed to elect their representatives in National assembly of Pakistan or Provincial Assemblies with their votes nor will Muslim women who are 51% of population of Pakistan elect their representatives with their votes.The Pakistan Christian Congress PCC Central Executive Council in a meeting issued a press note condemning these unconstitutional and undemocratic elections in which 51% of Pakistani women and 18% of Pakistani population of religious minorities will not exercise their vote on May 11, 2013, national general elections to elect their representatives but will only vote for Muslim men on 272 seats who will nominate or select 60 women and 10 minorities reserved seats in National assembly of Pakistan.

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC said that election 2013 are unconstitutional as being held denying Article 226 of constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan which directs every seat in parliament to be filled with secret ballot not with any nomination.

“Pakistani Christian’s decision to boycott elections 2013 is just because not government of Pakistan, not Election Commission of Pakistan and not Supreme Court of Pakistan paid due attention on frequent petitions and memorandums of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC to relevant authorities to review Article 226 of constitution before announcing date of elections” said Nazir Bhatti.

Nazir Bhatti clarified that election 2013 are not elections for 20 million Pakistani Christians but elections of Muslim feudal lords, business tycoons and Islamists who term enjoying votes of Christians, Hindus and Ahmadiyyia communities as Islamic and constitutional but to vote for them as unconstitutional that’s why PPP, PML (N), PML (Q), PTI, MQM, JI, JUI and ANP have not awarded any ticket to any Christian, Hindu, Ahmadiyyia and Sikh on any seat of NA or PA on general seats.

“The religious minorities are pushed out of mainstream politics through these Nomination and Selection on 10 reserved seats instead of Elections” added Nazir Bhatti

PCC Chief demanded elections on reserved seats for minorities and women to make these elections constitutional and democratic.

– bureau report

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