Voters’ education

DESPITE being targeted by some political parties, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is discharging its legal and constitutional responsibilities in a highly professional and non-partisan manner and this is evident from some of the Commission’s initiatives regarding next general election. Apart from launching campaign for updating of the voters’ lists and especially registration of female voters, the Commission successfully arranged a number of functions on National Voters’ Day on Thursday including main event in Islamabad where President Mamnoon Hussain inaugurated ‘Click ECP’ app aimed at facilitation and awareness of the voters.
Parliament recently adopted Election Act 2017, which is aimed at ensuring fair and transparent elections but very few people know that the basic input for the purpose came from the ECP. It gave comprehensive proposals and recommendations to the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms, which is reflective of its neutrality and commitment to the job assigned to it. In this backdrop, propaganda campaign unleashed by some vested interests against the Commission and its members is regrettable and amounts to undermining credibility of an important national institution. The practice of attacking institutions for self-centred motives would have serious consequences for the country. We, however, appreciate the ECP for the comprehensive work it has undertaken to reform the system and make the electoral process credible. As pointed out by the President, the system has entered into a modern era with the introduction of information technology. It is good that the Commission is taking full advantage of the technological innovations for the sake of facilitation of voters and transparency of the electoral process. It is also worth pointing that some parties were unnecessarily insisting on introduction of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the next general election and the credit goes to the Commission for sensitising them about negative aspects of EVMs as highlighted by their use in countries like India. We hope that the Commission would continue its good work and all stakeholders would extend fullest possible cooperation to the institution in fulfilling its responsibilities.

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