The Elections Commission of Pakistan is of the firm view that it cannot be ready to hold elections within three months, as constitutionally mandated, following the dissolution of Parliament.
Sounds familiar? In seeking to thwart the Constitution, the Commission is throwing a lifeline to the ‘fallen’ Government. Again, this is all too familiar to us.
The role of an election commission is not to prop up a Government when it is clear it has lost the mandate to govern, but to follow and adhere to the rule of law in ensuring the will of the people is respected and upheld in choosing a Government of their choice. Such a mandate is through the ballot, conducted when due according to the Constitution of the country. Anything else has to be seen as anti-democratic and outside law-abiding nations.