The Supreme Court has ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to prepare voters lists by February 23, 2012, and that no more excuses or extension requests will be entertained. During the proceedings, it was enquired by the court that if the polls are held in March 2012, would they be held on per-existing voter lists which have been challenged by several political leaders. No one shall question the necessity for verification and updating of existing voter lists to remove bogus votes. But from where this March 2012 deadline has come? I understand Senate elections will be held in March, but that has nothing to do with general elections for which updated voter lists are required.

MOHAMMAD USMAN KHAN,

Karachi, December 28.