Pakistan's apex court admits plea against 2013 polls

The Pakistan Supreme Court has accepted a plea seeking to declare the 2013 general election null and void, a media report said Saturday.

Islamabad: The Pakistan Supreme Court has accepted a plea seeking to declare the 2013 general election null and void, a media report said Saturday.

The court has also ordered action against the officials responsible for using poor quality of ink which brought the fairness of polls into doubt, The Nation reported.

The petitioner requested that the authorities be directed to initiate criminal and departmental action against the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and those who were involved in ordering or purchasing the ink from Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

The petitioner stated that the ECP is responsible to conduct fair and just election therefore it should deal with such matters with extreme caution.

The honest, free and fair election cannot be guaranteed unless the Election Commission is free from the corrupt elements.

He also raised question about using quality ink in the local government polls, expected to be held in November 2014, on the direction of the Supreme Court order.