Election Watch Update - May 1

Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said that elections won’t be delayed – and that the army was working to strengthen democracy.

The Peshawar High Court has barred Pervez Musharraf from ever contesting elections in Pakistan.

Abdul Fatah, an independent candidate for the Balochistan Assembly, was shot dead in Jhal Magsi. The convoy of NPP’s National Assembly candidate Ibrahim Jatoi was attacked in Shikarpur.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the government has asked candidates to install jammers in their cars against the threat of IED attacks.

Representatives of the PPP, MQM and ANP – including former interior minister Rehman Malik – have called on the PML-N and the PTI to disclose their ‘agreement with the TTP’.

Despite threats, ANP’s female membership base in Lakki Marwat is campaigning for the party.

The PML-N is reportedly using PTI candidate Abrar-ul-Haq’s career as a popular Punjabi singer against him in their election campaign messaging. Haq is contesting the NA-117 seat from Narowal.

Dawn profiles Faryal Talpur – President Asif Ali Zardari’s sister and a candidate for NA-207 Larkana-IV – and her role in the PPP.

 The Express Tribune looks at the NA-51 and NA-54 constituencies in Rawalpindi.

In Faisalabad, the rental car business has kicked off with the election campaign, with candidates preferring high-end cars to use while on the road.

Dawn looks at the impact of calls for a southern Punjab province in the context of the election and the PPP, which supported creating the province but hasn’t made it a campaign issue.