Democracy


Pakistan’s Elections Act 2017: What You Need To Know

Pakistan’s new election law has caused political uproar since its passage in early October 2017. Major opposition parties have appealed against the Elections Act 2017, with petitions to nullify the law lodged in the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the religious party Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah staged protests against the new election legislation. Escalating in late November, the protests left several people dead and hundreds more injured and ended only with the resignation of Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid. As these events have unfolded, the Elections Act has unsurprisingly come in for criticism and attracted a raft of bad press. But […]


Accessibility Audit of Polling Stations in NA-154

By Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections (PAIE) Only 27% of the Polling Stations in NA-154 Meet Essential Accessibility Criteria This report is issued by Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections[1] (PAIE) to share findings of Accessibility Audit[2] of polling stations in NA-154. The exercise is conducted before Election Day to gauge the opportunities available for PWDs to access polling stations on voting day. A trained team of observers visited polling stations that were selected by a scientifically drawn sample. Accessibility audit of NA-154 polling stations shows distressing statistics as it appears that 73% of the sampled polling stations do not meet the essential […]