ECP demands immediate electoral reforms from govt

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has demanded immediate electoral reforms from government. Secretary Election Commission Ishtiak Ahmad Khan presented the recommendations to the Electoral Reforms Committee of Parliament.
ECP has advised the government to make amendments in Article 224 to introduce biometric system e-voting machine. It has also recommended allowing expatriate Pakistanis to vote in the elections. ECP has advised the government to extend the time period between dissolution of assemblies to elections from 30 days to 40.
Census should also be declared mandatory before next General Elections, ECP has recommended. ECP wants to redefine the constituencies before the next elections after census. The document suggests that ECP should be made to issue final polling scheme 60 days prior to the elections and polling staff should be given maximum authority.
ECP has also suggested that the Reserved Seats in the parliament should be awarded according to the number of votes received by a party instead of number of seats won by it.

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