Hopefully, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's proposed electoral reforms committee of the parliament will be meeting soon to initiate work on how to ensure fair, free and transparent elections in the country. He had floated the idea early last month - for whatever reasons - only to be welcomed by all political parties in the parliament. However, an ego-fed clash between the chairs of the Senate and the National Assembly held back the notification. That is now behind us; the Senate Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari has set July 24 the deadline for parties in the house to give names for 11-member Senate quota in the 33-member electoral reforms committee and the notification would be issued by the National Assembly Secretariat next day. But this is only the first step; the journey ahead is long and hard given that the committee must not only firm up an agreed draft for reforms, which must be legislated by both the houses as a constitutional amendment it may also be required to incisively look into a whole host of existing laws under which elections are held in the country. For instance, if Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution are too restrictive and are out of tune with time limiting space for potential election candidates that could be yet another item on the committee's agenda. Maybe, the electoral reforms committee proposes changing eligibility criterion of the Election Commission's membership. Then there are issues of pre- and post-rigging; scrutiny of candidates, spending limits, accessibility to polling stations, quality of balloting, vote counting and neutrality of polling staff. Should a candidate be declared a winner if in agreement with other contestants women voters of his constituency were denied their right of voting, that is one more issue for the proposed committee to decide. Voting right for dual nationals is also an issue to be settled before the next election. This indeed is a huge agenda, but a lot of research on these issues is available, from which we believe the committee should benefit.