Election Watch Update - Feb 19

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawwar Hasan believes that terrorist attacks in Pakistan are a conspiracy by internal and external forces to derail elections.

The Pakistan Peoples Party is looking for seat adjustments with other political parties, not electoral alliances, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A Senate committee report on electoral reforms will be presented in the Senate today. The ECP has also called for action to be taken against people who contested elections with falsified educational degrees under Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution.

According to Dunya, the Awami National Party’s manifesto for the elections will not include a demand for a military operation in North Waziristan and will instead look at peace talks. The manifesto also calls for an independent foreign policy and a decrease in the military’s budget. In its manifesto, the ANP will say that the Kalabagh Dam has no link with the energy crisis but states other dams should be built. The ANP also supports the local government system last introduced in 1979.

Results of the voter verification drive in Karachi will be released on March 18.