Election Management Autonomy: The Case Of Election Commission Of Pakistan
Author: Amad Ud Din

Elections, an organized exercise to obtain will of people, are conducted by specialized election management bodies. This study aims at studying the autonomy of Election Commission of Pakistan and to highlight the constrains ECP is facing in election management. It has been organized into two sections. First part consists of document analysis in which constitutional provisions of Constitution of Pakistan are compared with that of selected SAARC countries i.e. India, Bangladesh, and SriLanka. Secondly, in-depth interviews are conducted from both employees of the commission as well as from people expert in election management. Autonomy of ECP is further categorized into four themes, namely, institutional, personal, financial and functional autonomy. ECP, despite its strong constitutional backing, has been criticized for its poor performance. Institutionally and personally ECP has been given considerable autonomy except for the fact that courts are not restricted to interfere in election related matters during election cycle. Financial autonomy of the commission is not guaranteed by any concrete piece of legislation. ECP does not have much autonomy to perform its duties in a desirable way. Considering these issues, this study highlights the need of a comprehensive legislation addressing financial and institutional flaws in legal framework of ECP. To ensure operational autonomy, ECP should be empowered in terms of both human as well as material resources. Supervisor:- Dr Karim Khan

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Keywords : Autonomy, Election Commission of Pakistan, Election management bodies, ELECTIONS
Supervisor: Karim Khan

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