Democracy as practiced in Pakistan had since long become synonymous
with corruption and mal-governance but now it has also become
dangerous for the social fabric of the society.
The concept of grabbing parliament seats by hook or by crook has
matured to fineness and now think tanks of political parties are
suggesting new tactics to concentrate on the bare amount of votes
needed to get their candidate go past the winning post, ignoring the
rest of the population altogether.
The introduction of Benazir Income support program is a practical
application of this philosophy and in any forthcoming election held
under the present rules this tactic will pay high dividends to the
PPP in winning assembly seats, as we have already seen in the bye
elections, AJK and GB elections, but what negative
will have on the social fabric of the country needs to be pondered
An immediate and easily implementable reform to check this dangerous
course is to introduce the condition for a candidate to obtain at
least 50 percent of the polled votes to be declared winner. This
means run off elections between the first two position holders in
most cases. This is the only way to nab the trick of parties
catering for a bare minimum vote amount to fly past the post first,
regardless of the total percentage of votes polled by the candidate.
It is hoped that the Election Commission will introduce the
condition of obtaining minimum 50 percent polled votes for a
candidate in order to be declared successful, before the forthcoming