Agenda for Electoral Reforms in Pakistan After 2013 General Election

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Publication No: ER-068

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While Pakistan made huge strides towards putting in place required electoral reforms ahead of May 2013 General Election, the less-than-satisfactory conduct of election on the polling day in particular and overall election management in general has once again pushed to the fore some lingering and some new requirements for instituting electoral reforms in Pakistan. PILDAT, which has been advocating key reforms in the electoral process for a decade in Pakistan, feels that Pakistan’s new Government, Parliament and the Election Commission should re-visit, and put in place, the set of reforms that are critical to ensuring a fool-proof system and a level-playing field to all contestants in every Election. The process for instituting required reforms should begin right away while the lessons learnt from the most recent electoral exercise are still fresh in our mind. This Policy Brief is an effort by PILDAT to document the required reform proposals in the light of our experiences of 10 General Elections in Pakistan, the latest of which has been held on May 11, 2013.

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