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Free and Fair Elections in Pakistan

Article Summary   by:khudi     Original Author: Dr Tanvir Hussain Bhatti
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                                     Free and Fair Elections in Pakistan

                There is no strategy to conduct transparent elections in Pakistan. History of elections in the country is replete with rigging and horse trading. Even the only elections of 1970 that were transparent could not suit Pakistan’s disputatious political atmosphere that led to dismemberment of the country. Even these polls were held under the aegis of a man in khaki that put down democratic institutions. Frequent army intervention and abrogation of the constitution did not allow democracy to flourish. Therefore, even after the lapse of more than six decades democratic institutions of the state are tremendously fragile.

              A self-determining election commission is crucial to held just elections but ironically an independent election commission could not be established in Pakistan. Men in the driving seat install officeholders of their choice in the elections conducting body that can help them in maneuvering the upcoming electoral processes. People cast their votes on the basis of caste, sect and vested interests rather than on principles that led to bloody clashes during the polls.  The younger generation is deprived of leadership qualities due to banning of student unions. Such extracurricular organizations can act as steppingstone to realize national leadership vacuum. It is ironic that no leader of the caliber of the Quaid-e-Azam could emerge even after the lapse of more than half a century.

                  Elections provide a ray of hope to the sloth-rumpled and sleep-crumpled nation for a change but the candidates after winning the polls turn a blind eye towards their constituencies and throw public development to the backburner. They visit their constituencies once in a blue moon and start feathering their own nests by pillaging national treasure with both hands. During the Local Body Elections 2005 huge public funds were splurged to purchase loyalties of the voters. After elbowing out their rivals the winners started scrapping folded stuff to flood their coffers with fat wads of bank notes by becoming elected white elephants that exploit national treasure. Women constitute about 50 percent of the country’s population but their actual participation in the mainstream political arena is just tip of the iceberg. Even presently majority of the women legislators are selected on the basis of nepotism rather than elected by the punch of public vote. The role of opposition is restricted to wait impatiently for their own turn to jump in the saddle of power rather than playing the role of overseers of government policies.

                The country is passing through miserable phase of democratic institutional crisis due to perpetual political instability, personalization of politics, sharing of power cake among three key pillars of the state, army intervention in civilian affairs and American support to dictatorship, In order to liberate the country from current morass there is crying need of strengthening democratic institutions. There must be division of power among three pillars of the state. The media should play the role of watchdog organization to pinpoint loopholes in the government policies. Emancipation of women is mandatory to bring them in the mainstream national life. There must be regular intra-party elections to democratize political parties. Independence of judiciary and strong accountability institutions are binding for democratic system to thrive. Public rule can only thrive in Pakistan when it is established through free and fair elections conducted under the aegis of an independent Election Commission.

Summary Written By

 Dr Tanvir Hussain Bhatti

 Freelance International Columnist, Poet and Author of the Books “What Plagues Pakistan?” and “Live Balls of Fire”

Original Article Written By

Dr Tanvir Hussain Bhatti

Freelance International Columnist, Poet and Author of the Books “What Plagues Pakistan?” and “Live Balls of Fire”

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Published: July 14, 2008   
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