The Election Act, 2017 – A Policy Review
Author: Ali Haider

Elections are the backbone of the democratic process of any country. For the promotion of democracy and rule of law, it is declared worldwide that elections must be transparent, and the government must be formed according to the will of the public. Hence, for legitimate governance, democratic elections are a prerequisite. The political and legal framework is attached to the democratic process under some principles. To attend such kind of framework, Pakistan has come up with the Election Act 2017. The policy under the act was an attempt to make the process more vigilant, transparent, and progressive. It has also been observed that over the period, a certain level of ignorance has been noticed towards the policy along with some theoretical amendments or reforms that were tried to be institutionalized. This piece of work highlights the obstacles that create hurdles in the applicability of the implementation of the Election Act 2017. In addition to that, it also brings out the reasons for electoral reforms that were to be implemented but were being ignored. For that matter, interviews with experts were conducted to gain their opinion and draw some policy implications out of the collected viewpoints. Through thematic content analysis, it is drawn that the election process in Pakistan needs some abrupt but precise reforms. The findings show that the election act 2017 is mostly a written document and the implementation failed due to lack of proper channeling. Similarly, reforms are necessary as with time it is important to look into the changing environment and the concurrency of implement laws with them. This is not just for the sake of elections being held properly but also for the stakeholders involved like the Election Commission of Pakistan, political parties along with the general public as well. Supervisor:- Ms. Lubna Hasan

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Keywords : Amendments, Election Act 2017, Electoral Reforms, General Elections, Policy Implementation, POLICY MAKING
Supervisor: Lubna Hassan

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