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FAFEN’s Recommendations for Constitutional and Legal Reforms 2014

Based on its comprehensive observation and process of refinement involving input from political parties and workers, civil society organizations and student/youth groups, says FAFEN’s Recommendations for Constitutional and Legal Reforms 2014. FAFEN’s recommendations for reforms cover critical aspects of elections relating to pre-election, election-day and post-election processes in order to ensure free, fair and transparent elections. The recommendations seek to maximise autonomy, transparency, accountability and efficiency of electoral and at the same time protect the rights and entitlements of voters and candidates in a way as required by the country’s constitution.

The chapters are arranged in a logical sequence around priority issues. For instance, the first three chapters deal with the composition, appointment, institutional autonomy and accountability of the Election Commission. The next three chapters recommend changes in the legal framework to streamline voter registration and to make the process of delimitation of constituencies and polling scheme equitable, timely and transparent.

The six following chapters deal with the operational aspects of the elections. The chapters propose, the means for objective and transparent candidacy process for both general and reserved seats, allocation of reserved seats on proportional share in votes polled, legally-sanctioned regulation of campaign and political finances of both candidates and political parties, provision for legally-sanctioned and regulated independent observation,
transparent election result management and comprehensive dispute settlement mechanism covering all aspects and phases of the elections.
The last three chapters address issues involving the extension of voting rights to overseas Pakistanis and the use of technology in ensuring efficient election management, and advocates the need for bringing together all legal instruments governing elections into one unified election law. The unification of legal Acts and Orders will help remove inconsistencies, discrepancies and contradictions not only in the existing legal framework but will also help prevent the same from happening in the future.

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