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Pakistan Court Acts in Election Case

Posted Aug 10, 2007 8:48 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The Pakistan Supreme Court has issued an order requiring registration of all eligible voters.

The court gave the election commission 30 days to complete the task, Reuters reports. A complaint filed by exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had claimed millions of people had been excluded form a draft list of voter rolls.

The court acted following assurances by the government of President Pervez Musharraf that he was not imposing emergency powers that could have delayed elections by a year.

The court’s chief justice is Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, reinstated by his fellow justices after an uproar over his ouster by Musharraf.

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