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Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani speaks at a seminar on electoral reforms organized by Democracy International

Islamabad, January 04, 2017 (PPI-OT):Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani said that Pakistan is at a stage where all roads other than democracy would lead to disintegration of the Federation. A strong federation calls for stable democratic institutions and every action which is considered against federation should be questioned by the people no matter where that decision comes from.

Mina Raza Rabbani has said that work of the electoral reforms committee considering the lacunas in election procedures was a right step by Parliament. He said that Parliament of Pakistan itself came forward to work on electoral reforms instead of a committee of government. The parliamentary committee had representation of political parties and stake holders were also invited.

He was addressing a seminar on electoral reforms organized by Democracy International at a local hotel in Islamabad. Chairman Senate appreciated the first two reports of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms. He stressed the need for filling the gaps in election procedures and for the required amendments in the Constitution. He lauded formation of the committee with representation of political parties instead of handling the matter in a standing committee and bringing all laws relating to elections under one law.

Chairman Senate said that laws existed previously too but those laws enhanced the powers of Election Commission (EC). However, Election Commission did not make use of its authority and kept looking towards military establishment and judiciary. Mian Raza Rabbani observed that the Commission should not have had any fears in carrying out its due role as its powers are defined in the Constitution. He said that criticism for the sake of criticism is not the solution but when laws are not implemented and their presence is confined to just books in libraries, it points fingers towards the institution as well as the people associated with it.

He said that elections have three constituents. They have to be free, fair and democratic. Chairman Senate expressed that if democratic values do not grow in a society, a lay man will not understand the significance of the Parliament and that of his vote. Citizens will associate themselves with the Parliament when it is transparent.

The state is the controlling factor of all other things happening in the country. He said that the civil – military bureaucracy and ruling elite are not ready at present to have real democracy in the country. He said that we haven’t reached the stage where vote of an individual has worth and it is considered as a factor to determine the future of the country. He said the state still wants to impose their whims as policy for the country which determines the lives of the citizens.

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