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Pakistan Electoral Fund

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Electoral fund is mandatory for free, fair and transparent general elections in Pakistan. (Sajid Imtiaz)

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Pakistan Electoral Fund

  1. 1. Pakistan Electoral Fund Free and free general election for responsible democracy is a lofty dream in Pakistan. Besides political parties and election commission of Pakistan, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) consists of forty two non government organizations has been advocating and striving for transparent elections in Pakistan. However, voters’ education and literacy are very low in some provinces including Azad Kashmir. Local government elections in 2014 throughout Pakistan are new hard test for the partners of FAFEN and election commission. Still there are more than one hundred thousand Pakistanis without computerized national identity card, a basic requirement for vote casting. Election commission of Pakistan needs more funds to perform its key responsibilities including up-to- date electoral rolls. Seminars and meetings with stakeholders show that trust of voters is diminishing on key players as they do not find positive change on the ground. Technology has become part of everyday life yet no one can cast his or her vote online. Remember that women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA are reluctant to go to the polling stations for vote casting. There must be close coordination among election commission of Pakistan, international donors and FAFEN. For Rs.30 billion Pakistan Electoral Fund, The Asia Foundation, DFID and other donors particularly The World Bank must work closer with election commission of Pakistan for candidates’ verification, voters’ CNICs and transparent elections because election commission has infrastructure countrywide along with enriched experience. Sajid Imtiaz: Bureau Chief Islamabad, Daily Porihyo

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