Pakistan General Elections, 11 May 2013

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Pakistan General Elections, 11 May 2013
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Series Title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 24 July 2013
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-108-8
Pages: 44

The report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for the Pakistan elections, held 11 May 2013. The Mission was led by Sir Douglas Kidd, former Speaker of the House of Representatives of New Zealand, and was comprised of 13 eminent persons.

The Commonwealth Observer Mission found that, despite significant security concerns and election-related violence, Pakistani voters turned out in large numbers to cast their ballot and express their will. The report offered various recommendations to help improve aspects of the electoral process, including: the need to ensure greater inclusion and participation of women in the political and electoral process; overcoming the challenges faced by the Election Commission of Pakistan in ensuring enforcement of the campaign code of conduct; and a review of the limits on campaign spending.

ContentsExpand or collapse me
Letter of Transmittal

1. Introduction
Terms of reference
Activities

2. Political Background
Elections 2002–2008
Key political developments, 2008–2012
The 18th Amendment (2010)
The caretaker government
The Political Parties Order
Local government
The Supreme Court
Significance of the 2013 elections

3. Electoral Framework and Election Administration
Electoral system
International and regional commitments and national legal framework
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
Voter eligibility and voter registration
Candidate eligibility and nomination
Complaints, appeals and election petitions
Key issues
1. Legal framework for the Election Commission of Pakistan
2. Voter registration
3. Candidate nomination
4. Women’s participation and representation
5. Overseas voting
Recommendations

4. Election Campaign and Media
Political parties
Campaign period and key campaign themes
Campaign environment
Code of conduct
Media
Election coverage
Recommendations

5. Voting, Counting and Results
Background
Key procedures for opening and voting
Assessment of opening and voting
Key procedures for counting and results tabulation
Assessment of counting and results tabulation
Overview of the countrywide observation
1. Islamabad (Federal Capital) / Rawalpindi (Punjab)
2. Karachi (Sindh)
3. Lahore (Punjab)
4. Multan (Punjab)
Recommendations

6. Conclusions and Recommendations
Conclusions
Recommendations
Electoral framework and election administration
Election campaign and media
Voting, counting and results

Annex 1. Composition of the Team
Annex 2. Deployment Plan
Annex 3. Arrival Statement
Annex 4. Interim Statement