Lawyer Yasmeen Ali sent a letter to Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan requesting a “None of the Above” option in the ballot paper.
Her reasoning is very valid and should be taken seriously.
The letter was originally published at her website.
Honourable Justice (Retd.) Mr. Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim
Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan
As a concerned Pakistani citizen,also a lawyer by profession I feel, our ballot paper do not allow the masses to exercise the right to vote in its true spirit.We see the same â€˜electableâ€™ the same faces,the same names. Time has refused to weed out such elements.
I therefore suggest, addition of another icon/slot to choose by voters. It should be:NONE OF THE ABOVE. A straight 50% of votes caste on NONE OF THE ABOVE option, should disqualify contestants from that particular constituency for 10 years, confiscate their security,parties must put up new candidates for the constituency,elections to be held on another date with new candidates.
I believe, employing this codicil will go a long way in choosing representatives, in the spirit of the Constitution.