Dialogue on electorl reforms held

KARACHI: Forum for Human Rights Pakistan (FHRP) in collaboration with Free & Fair Election Network (FAFEN) organized a consultative dialogue on Electoral Reforms with participation of entire mainstream political parties’ representatives in Sindh in order to document the concerns and suggestions and establish paper base on the recommendation of political forces.

The consultative dialogue was held in local hotel on Tuesday where the representatives of media, social and political parties participated.

In dialogue process, after long discussion, parties including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (STP), Pakistan Falah Party and Quami Awami Tehreek (QAT) agreed on 11 electoral points agenda which were recommended as consensus between the parties during election process, delimitation without political inference, biometric and electronic voting machine for voting, free and independent election commission, electoral roll audit with the help of NADRA, reserved seats for formers and labours, voting rights to overseas Pakistanis, impeachment of culprits found guilty during electoral processes, assembly tenure should be of 4 years instead of 5, training of polling staff for conducting elections and polling stations voter limit should be in accordance to the time consumption in vote casting as well.

In the media briefing, Faheem Memon leader of PPP said that after wide discussion, all participants had agreed on 11 points agenda. He said Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should be autonomous and it should be given full authority to conduct free and transparent elections.

While talking to media, Kamran Minhas PTI leader said they had reservations on some points which could not included. There is need of will for all political parties for conducting free, fair and transparent elections,he said.

MQM leader Syed Shahid Pasha said MQM had long standing demand for free elections but in this regard, all parties will have to pay their positive role conducting fair elections. He said without the interest of other parties no fair elections could be conducted. ECP should be given free hand as it could perform its due role.

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