Electoral reforms bill Shows in National Assembly



ISLAMABAD: Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid tabled consolidated electoral reforms bill, entitled as “The Election Bill, 2017”, in the National Assembly for approval.

The bill would ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the country, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid said while presenting the bill in the House.

He said a number of initiatives had been suggested in the bill regarding preparation of voters lists, delimitation, simplification of nomination papers, installation of surveillance cameras, penalties for violations, women voters turnout, powers of polling day officials, expediting election disputes resolution, implementation of the code of conduct and vote counting.

The minister said the Committee on Electoral Reforms, constituted in 2014, had received some 1,200 proposals from almost all sections of society, including non-governmental organizations, general public and others, and 631 of them had been incorporated in the draft law.

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