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Questionable ECP move

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12.07.2018

THE contrast could not be more stark, and worrying, from a democratic perspective. The Election Commission of Pakistan has now ordered the suspension of a democratic institution ie the local governments in the provinces, ostensibly because members of these elected set-ups may “influence” the poll outcome by denying candidates in the general election a “level playing field”. LG officials had already been barred from participating in the general election campaigns of candidates, and no evidence has been presented by the ECP of these officials seeking to influence the election or disrupt the electioneering of rival party candidates. The unprecedented decision........

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