THIS is regarding Asma Jehangir’s article ‘The path of isolation’ (April 24) in which she advocates that elections should be held every four years instead of after every five years. A letter of mine titled ‘Tenure of government’ was also published in these columns in December 1996.

I wrote that the tenure of an elected government should be reduced from five years to four years. However, after a period of three years of governance, a referendum should be held to determine whether the government should be allowed to complete its tenure to four years based on its performance.

If performance is found unsatisfactory, it should then be asked to step down and reelections should be held as soon as possible to elect a new government. Also there should be a provision in the constitution whereby not more than two chances should be given to members of the National Assembly and a provincial assembly.

MAJ (Rtd) SAEEDUZZAMAN JANJUAH Karachi

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observer
May 13, 2012 3:03 am
Agreed and I would go a step further and state that if a politician father serves twice on his electoral seat in the parliament, , his sons/ daughters should not be entitled to run on the vacant seat. Only the grandchildren/ grand nephews should be considered eligible should be allowed to contest on the same seat. This will help to break the cycle of family politics and biradari systems.
Srini
May 13, 2012 12:34 am
I didn't realize that Pakistan is so cash rich, to conduct referendum after 3 years and elections after every 4 years.
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