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Who will win the 2024 elections?

It is not easy to predict the results of an election in Pakistan. Many factors including popular support, electables and influential families, money, and blessings of the powers that be…

Democracy beyond elections

Elections are an integral part of democracy. But even a free and fair election is not the only factor that makes a country a liberal democracy. In an essay published…

Preparing for elections

In a democracy, elections hold significant importance and are seen as a tool to bring political stability to the country. Unfortunately all elections in Pakistan – except the 1970 general…

How to conduct fair elections

In a remarkable turn of events, Pakistan is on the cusp of general elections slated for February 2024, thanks to the intervention of the apex court. This development, once deemed…

The three phases of elections

Although a firm date for the 12th general election in the country has not yet been fixed by the Election Commission of Pakistan, its announcement that the next general election…

Elections in a time of terror

We are in election year again. Ten years back around this time we were in election mode when the terrorism unleashed by the TTP impacted the electioneering and deprived the…

Elections and the budget 2018-19

The National Assembly has passed the delimitation of constituencies' bill with 242 votes in favour and one against paving the way for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to complete…

Cantonment elections

The most important message coming out of the cantonment board elections last Sunday night was that you may discredit him, you can run a propaganda campaign against him, you can…

The TLP and elections

THE by-election in a Karachi constituency has followed the time-honoured Pakistani tradition of throwing up a controversial result accepted wholeheartedly only by the victor and none of those left behind. With the…

Saving the elections

The country collectively heaved a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court (SC) suspended the Lahore High Court's (LHC's) judgement asking the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to rectify and…