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Will 2018 be an election year in Pakistan?

By: Editorial Team
Published: December 1, 2017
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Siraj-ul-Haq, Ameer – Jamaat-e-Islami: 

 “It is definitely the election year. There is no reason why there shouldn’t be elections. The instability of this year has geared the county towards the only solution – elections. Now this depends upon the government whether or not they chose create conditions for peaceful elections and not disrupt the process. I do feel that like before, election results will be determined by financial maneuvering done by political parties in the background.  We aren’t seeing any effort by the election commission to prevent this from happening. They have been helpless before and are helpless today. JI wants accountability as well as elections so that the corrupt are rooted out from the political process.”

Ikram Sehgal, Defence and Political Analyst: 

 “I doubt it. The delimitation has still not been done properly. Once that is done, preparation of the electoral process takes some time. And until the census results come out, in black and white, that cannot be done. Senate elections will be delayed, to start with, because obviously they would not want to get a senate elected on the last term.  They will extend the life of the senate temporarily till delimitations are done. The senate will not be representative of the new realities on the ground. Overall, I do not see elections happening on time.”

Bushra Gohar, Central Vice President, ANP:

 “As far as we are concerned, 2018 should be the election year in Pakistan. We would not like the constitution or the democratic process to be disrupted in any way. However, there is a push to do exactly this and unsettle the democratic process. There is an effort underway to engineer the situation. So it might be difficult for this whole process to continue till even the senate elections.”

Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Secretary General – Pakistan Peoples Party:

 “A lot of things are coming up. PPP wants this government to complete this term and elections should be on time. It completes its term in the first week of June and within the next 60 days there should be peaceful elections. It depends upon the conduct and performance of this government whether there will be elections next year or not. We have seen bad governance for the past several months, particularly the way they have been maligning state institutions. This doesn’t suit the democratic process. Nawaz Sharif is great at shooting himself in the foot, so I can’t say for sure whether or not they will try to thwart the next year’s electoral process.”

Kunwar Khalid Younus, Senior Leader – Muttahida Qaumi Movement:

 “There won’t be elections next year. There are several prerequisites to the election, such as delimitation, that have not been completed. Delimitation is a lengthy process that cannot be completed in six months. If elections are not held, that will suit the establishment. They will want a technocrat government to be in power for the next few years.”

Iftikhar Durrani, Head of Central Media Department – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf:

 “For sure it’s an election year. The largest, most active and most popular political party in Pakistan today is the Pakistan Tehkreek-e-Insaf. There is no doubt about this. We believe that we are the incoming government. We have started our political process already. Parliamentary boards have been made and we are fully in the election mode. We have done several jalsas and many more are planned. The instability of this year has shown that the government has lost legitimacy and moral authority due to Panama and Model Town. They are unable to make decisions. Their popularity has faded out. This is why we have demanded an early election. The sooner we get into elections and get a new government, the quicker we pull the country out of this stasis.”

 

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