Exigencies of Electoral Reforms

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Amid simmering pandemic challenges and global economic soft patches, Pakistan’s domestic governance architecture is witnessing another twist with prevalent subtleness in the political system. In the aftermaths, of the major upset victory of Yousaf Raza Gilani, the joint candidate of opposition parties PDM in Senate elections the political temperature is seemingly on the higher side. Although the sitting government reconciled the blow through the quick decision of vote of confidence by Prime Minister Imran Khan but the row between the opposition and the ruling government has not ended yet and to an extent, it would likely to increase in upcoming days with elections of Chairman Senate to decide on the 12th of March. The recent political developments depict that there exist grave areas of concern in the indigenous democratic political system and it requires structural reforms to bring transparency in the system. For instance, the malpractices of horse-trading and vote purchasing through money power have become a new normal of the electoral system. Furthermore, the ineffectiveness of the electoral conducting bodies has always been the point of concern. Likewise, the overreliance on the conventional options of secret ballot further draws ambiguous configurations and allows a passage for the attainment of the deceitful goals. With given circumstances, there is a dire need to revamp the entire political system that plays a key role in shaping the contours of national governance. It is also notable that politics in the country has become an elite choice rather than a true representation of the masses. Notwithstanding the optimistic views, the current alarming trends further dent the democratic system and its fallout is also posing challenges to the other national endeavors. The unconsolidated governance system harms national peace, progress, and integrity. Therefore the policymakers and leadership must take radical measures to uplift the entire political system overcome the domestic political concerns and challenges.

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