Connect with us

Politics

Poll reforms, again – Journal

Avatar

Published

on


PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan reiterated his intention to introduce three key electoral reforms. Two of them relate to general elections and the third to senatorial elections.

Mr Khan strongly advocated electronic voting and presented it as a solution to our continuing problem of non-acceptance of election results by losing parties. He compared electronic voting to neutral referees in cricket which he reminded us was his idea as captain of the Pakistan cricket team.

Electronic voting can have advantages such as increased precision and speed in compiling results and eliminating invalid votes. The guaranteed confidence of all parties is unfortunately not one of the attributes of electronic voting. In fact, this method of voting is arousing growing skepticism in several countries, including the United States and India. Many countries, including Germany, France and the Netherlands, have abandoned electronic voting after adopting it.

The main reason is the lack of transparency. The heart of the electronic voting machine is the programmed chip. Over the years, several Indian politicians have expressed doubts about what goes into the chip. Some of them have asked the courts to provide a paper trail for each vote so that they may be able to match the results. As a result, Indian EVMs are now being modernized, at enormous cost, to also provide a paper trail. But the skepticism continues.

The pros and cons of MP proposals should be considered.

In Pakistan, we seem to have even greater skepticism about our electoral system and conspiracy theories are easily accepted. EVMs with their programmable chips can further reinforce these doubts, especially since the chip’s program is not something that can be seen with the naked eye.

Furthermore, the possibility of large-scale manipulation of election results by tampering with the EVM chip in Pakistan’s particular power structure cannot be ruled out. For example, the results reporting system collapsed in the 2018 election under very questionable circumstances and there was no proper investigation despite a delay of more than two years.

Another issue that needs to be examined is the financial feasibility of GVEs. In 2017, it was estimated that some 300,000 EVM would be needed for which a cost of around 45 billion rupees was estimated, excluding the cost of storage, service and training. Most likely, this cost has increased significantly by now. The government and parliament must carefully weigh the cost-benefit ratio of these expensive gadgets.

Under the 2017 Election Law, the Pakistan Election Commission was supposed to undertake pilot testing of EVDs and biometric verification machines and present the feasibility report to the government for further action. The ECP purchased some 300 EVMs and BVMs for this purpose and submitted a report to the government over two years ago. It is very important that Parliament does not rush through legislation and openly debate whether EVD will actually improve the credibility of polls.

The prime minister also announced work on making it possible for overseas Pakistanis to vote from abroad. The ECP gave the government its feasibility report on Internet voting two years ago. There are concerns about the confidentiality of votes and the confirmation of the free will of the voter sitting thousands of kilometers away. Since internet voting requires an email address, a large number of blue collar workers who do not use email will be excluded. These concerns need to be closely examined by Parliament. Parliamentary committees should call in experts and hold hearings before making a decision.

The third proposed reform is to make senatorial elections open instead of the current secret ballot system. The Prime Minister believes that the secret ballot encouraged corruption and the selling of votes. Even if there are a few suspicious cases, is it wise to change the whole system on the basis of such unscrupulous elements instead of taking action against the violators? The freedom of choice of legislators and the secrecy of the ballot as currently provided for in the Constitution should not be changed if we do not want to make robots of our legislators. If the system needs to be changed, it is not necessary to go through the freehand movement; parties should be allocated Senate seats in proportion to their strength in provincial assemblies, as in the case of seats reserved for women and minorities

There may be differing opinions on each of these three proposed reforms, but it is important, rather critical, that the government, parliament and parliamentary committees fully consider the pros and cons before passing legislation, as it is important to there will be long term implications for the choice. that we manufacture today.

The author is president of the Pakistan Institute for Legislative Development and Transparency.

[email protected]

Twitter: @ABMPildat

Posted in Dawn, November 22, 2020

What Are The Main Benefits Of Comparing Car Insurance Quotes Online

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / June 24, 2020, / Compare-autoinsurance.Org has launched a new blog post that presents the main benefits of comparing multiple car insurance quotes. For more info and free online quotes, please visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/the-advantages-of-comparing-prices-with-car-insurance-quotes-online/ The modern society has numerous technological advantages. One important advantage is the speed at which information is sent and received. With the help of the internet, the shopping habits of many persons have drastically changed. The car insurance industry hasn't remained untouched by these changes. On the internet, drivers can compare insurance prices and find out which sellers have the best offers. View photos The advantages of comparing online car insurance quotes are the following: Online quotes can be obtained from anywhere and at any time. Unlike physical insurance agencies, websites don't have a specific schedule and they are available at any time. Drivers that have busy working schedules, can compare quotes from anywhere and at any time, even at midnight. Multiple choices. Almost all insurance providers, no matter if they are well-known brands or just local insurers, have an online presence. Online quotes will allow policyholders the chance to discover multiple insurance companies and check their prices. Drivers are no longer required to get quotes from just a few known insurance companies. Also, local and regional insurers can provide lower insurance rates for the same services. Accurate insurance estimates. Online quotes can only be accurate if the customers provide accurate and real info about their car models and driving history. Lying about past driving incidents can make the price estimates to be lower, but when dealing with an insurance company lying to them is useless. Usually, insurance companies will do research about a potential customer before granting him coverage. Online quotes can be sorted easily. Although drivers are recommended to not choose a policy just based on its price, drivers can easily sort quotes by insurance price. Using brokerage websites will allow drivers to get quotes from multiple insurers, thus making the comparison faster and easier. For additional info, money-saving tips, and free car insurance quotes, visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ Compare-autoinsurance.Org is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc. "Online quotes can easily help drivers obtain better car insurance deals. All they have to do is to complete an online form with accurate and real info, then compare prices", said Russell Rabichev, Marketing Director of Internet Marketing Company. CONTACT: Company Name: Internet Marketing CompanyPerson for contact Name: Gurgu CPhone Number: (818) 359-3898Email: [email protected]: https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ SOURCE: Compare-autoinsurance.Org View source version on accesswire.Com:https://www.Accesswire.Com/595055/What-Are-The-Main-Benefits-Of-Comparing-Car-Insurance-Quotes-Online View photos



picture credit

ExBUlletin

to request, modification Contact us at Here or [email protected]