The failure to fill the ECP vacancies can be attributed to the PM’s reluctance to talk to the opposition leader.
Ahmed Bilal Mehboob
At the heart of a production order is people’s right to be represented in parliament by their elected lawmaker.
Parliament’s first six months will be remembered more for the bitter, ongoing feud between the PTI and the opposition.
One may argue that there is good reason for not formally inducting the judiciary into such dialogues.
With changing times and the advent of new technologies, legislatures need to reinvent themselves.
If parliamentary proceedings are to be meaningful, the leadership will have to lead by example.
The relatively small number of politicians in the NAB accountability cycle is perhaps no consolation.
Committees in any parliament are considered to be the latter’s eyes, ears and even brain.
The polls seem to indicate that voters have not been swayed by the incumbency factor.
A ruling party, like the present one, has coalition partners and they have to be kept in good humour.
The complaints of the political parties need to be seriously investigated.
International observers seldom pass judgement on the integrity of an election.
The practice is common in democracies which have yet to establish the credibility of their institutions.
An overhaul of constitutional provisions relating to caretaker set-ups was undertaken by the 18th Amendment.
Why can’t we allow the elected government to continue during the poll period in caretaker mode?
Given our past poll history, will Pakistan be able to prevent interference in the next general election?
No one can think of undoing the 18th Amendment but an honest review is in order.
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.