It is a board game where a right move can checkmate one’s opponent way before Election Day.
The current delimitations have made widespread changes to the boundaries of constituencies.
The ECP has been selective in the current delimitation exercise.
Actively barring women from voting may soon end, but many obstacles remain.
The ruling party has the highest number of party votes in the electoral college for the elections.
One can’t expect polling officials to go through hassle without expectation of reward or recognition.
Caretakers are an aberration as they were not part of the original 1973 Constitution.
Transition of power from one elected govt to another was no small feat.
The exercise wasn’t without challenges, but the ECP met them.
There are many assumptions about the relationship between ‘electables’ and parties.
There is no better time for voters to judge the PML-N than the month of July.
While defections are not unusual before elections, this time the trend has some new characteristics.
Apart from Karachi, identity politics has been operating below the surface.
The numerical equality of constituencies does not always result in equal suffrage.
Inequality is a direct outcome of the law itself that has set the principles of delimitation.
Collectively, Pakistan’s senators may not represent the ethno-linguistic diversity of their provinces.
The inequality of votes is a direct consequence of drawing up unequal constituencies.
The only continent with a female population deficit is Asia, with Pakistan among the three biggest contributors.
Delimitation has the potential of raising the political temperature in the pre-election period.
New administrative units are created on the pretext of ‘popular demand’.