The Elections (Amendment) Bill 2020 was introduced in the National Assembly of Pakistan on October 16, 2020. The Bill was referred to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs which approved the bill on June 08, 2021. The PTI government also promulgated the Elections (Amendment) Ordinance on February 06, 2021. On June 10, 2021, after suspending the rules, the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Elections (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021 (which was the modified version of the Elections (Amendment) Ordinance) were passed by the National Assembly. On November 17, 2021, in a joint sitting of the Parliament, the Elections (Second Amendment) Act, 2021 was passed.
This legislative brief provides an analysis of the Elections (Second Amendment) Act, 2021 as passed, as well as the earlier Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2021 pending before the Senate of Pakistan.