No one can think of undoing the 18th Amendment but an honest review is in order.
Ahmed Bilal Mehboob
Currently, we have only nine women members elected on general seats in the National Assembly.
A major question left unaddressed in the Elections Act pertains to the limit on poll spending.
A basic requirement of a democratic system is transparency regarding those seeking public office.
Despite the setbacks, there are many signs of a maturing democratic order.
The real question is how to address the worsening civil-military relations.
There are several parliamentary committees in the provinces which hardly ever meet in their five-year term.
The voters should start questioning their MPs about their attendance record.
The key disagreement seems to be over the scope of the proposed accountability law.
The election law became controversial right away.
The legislators are meant to play the most important role in strengthening accountability.
Accountability has a chequered history in Pakistan.
The executive’s unlimited powers to alter the budget after it is passed must be curtailed.
The challenges of out-of-country voting are formidable in the case of a country as large as Pakistan.
Electronic voting machines may not be as marvellous as they are made out to be.
Parliament can do more than merely endorsing or criticising a military operation.
The instances of indiscipline in parliament, such as the recent scuffle, are symptoms of a major problem.
The ECP must convene a roundtable conference to bring women into the electoral rolls.
A centralised model of governance cannot work for a province as diverse and large as Punjab.
More cabinet posts may not mean improved governance.