English Features

Making Sense of Electoral Demography

During October-December 2016, the ECP undertook a countrywide exercise to update electoral rolls and 4.20 million new voters were registered after door to door verification of CNICs (Computerized National Identity Cards). About 140,000 voters were deleted from the rolls due to deaths and other in-eligibilities. As a result of the exercise the total number of […]


Road to Election-2018

There will be three elections in Pakistan during 2018. Before March 11, 2018 there will be mid-term election for 52 seats of the Senate of Pakistan-the House of Federation. From the federating units Balochistan will elect 11 Senators including 7 on general seats, two on technocrats/ulema and two women seats. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will elect 11 […]


First Parliament-led Electoral Reforms

Since June 2014 Pakistani parliamentarians are working to finalize a comprehensive electoral reforms package. Thirty-three members multi-party Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms (PCER) presented its first report in May 2016 to reform the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and subsequently the 22nd Constitutional Amendment was passed in June 2016.


Democracy is in decline in South Asia

In 21st century the entire South Asia briefly experienced ‘ritualistic electoral democracy.’ It was a moment of hope. Even the weak South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) thought to adopt its own ‘Charter of Democracy’ in 2012.


Census 2017 to Change Political Demography

As a consequence of Census-2017 preliminary results, the Parliament has decided to redistribute nation’s political wealth while retaining the existing 342-member strength of the National Assembly of Pakistan. A constitutional amendment bill has been tabled in the National Assembly.


Minorities’ vote bank reaches close to 3M

IFTIKHAR A. KHAN ISLAMABAD: The vote bank of religious minorities has widened to reach close to three million, with 13 districts in Sindh and two in Punjab having significant presence of minorities placing them in a position to alter the electoral scene in many constituencies. According to a document of the Election Commission of Pakistan […]