Election Watch Update - April 10

The ECP released details on candidates for the elections provided by the Federal Board of Revenue, the State Bank of Pakistan and the National Accountability Bureau.

The Pakistan Peoples Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf have called for the caretaker interior minister Malik Habib to be fired over a statement about the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and his support for the party in the past. Habib has denied he has any favorites while the ECP has sought a clarification.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal has criticized the European Union’s observer mission for opting not to send observers to Balochistan to monitor the elections.

The PTI has released its election manifesto, available here.  The manifesto calls for declaring an ‘emergency’ in reform areas: energy, accountability and governance, expenditure, revenue collection and human capital development and promises to ‘extricate Pakistan from the US-led War on Terror policy’ and cites the violence in Karachi as one of three ‘main strands of terrorism’.

The PML-N’s senior leadership, currently in deliberations over finalizing candidates, is considering not allying with the JUI-F or the JI for the elections in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The JI is allying with Dr AQ Khan's Tehrik-e-Tahafuzz-e-Pakistan party. Negotiations between the PML-N and the Jamaat-e-Islami are set to continue today, while the PPP and the PML-Q have set April 18 as a deadline to resolve seat adjustment issues. The PPP has announced candidates for several Sindh constituencies.

Political parties have earned millions of rupees in fees from aspiring candidates applying for party tickets. The PPP reportedly made over Rs30 million.

In what will be a major blow to the PPP, the influential Sheerazi family has pulled their support for the party in Thatta

The ECP and the caretaker government have agreed that overseas Pakistanis will not be voting this year because of the lack of time to complete arrangements and legal issues, and will be trying to convince the Supreme Court of the same.