Legal Socialization Seminar on Elections Act 2017, October 28, 2017

  • Publication Date: Wed, November 1, 2017

    Free and fair Election is a key to strong and representative democracy. To bring this to reality, a Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms (PCER) was constituted, with the mandate to consolidate all the previous electoral laws in one comprehensive Elections Act. The Committee was represented by all the political parties in the National Assembly and the Senate of Pakistan. Based on 1200 proposals from various stakeholders and deliberations in almost 100 meetings of the sub-committee and main committee, a Draft Election Bill was prepared which became an act on October 02, 2017 henceforth named as Elections Act 2017

    The Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) organized a legal Socialization Seminar titled ” Towards a Transparent Electoral Process in Pakistan", for honourable Members, secretariat officers of the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan, Media and Civil Society on October 28, 2017 at Quetta Serena Hotel.. Mr. Shai Mazar Baloch -Additional Director PIPS formally welcomed the participants by sharing that such legal socialization seminar will be held for the Honourable Members of other Provinces as well.  Mr. Mohsin Abbas Syed, Sr. Consultant, Ministry of Law and Justice, presented the salient features of the Act including conduct of elections, political parties and symbols, election expenses and role of election commission of Pakistan. His presentation was followed by Mr. Quraysh Khan from UNDP who highlighted the mechanism for the resolution of disputes in the Elections Act 2017. Mr. Fayyaz Hussain Murad, Election Commissioner Kalat Division, discussed at length the challenges and opportunities that the Election Commission was likely to face while  implementing the Elections Act 2017. The seminar ended with a lively Q&A session and note of thanks to all the speakers who spoke on the occasion.