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Uncertainty around elections must end immediately: HRCP

HRCP insists ECP to announce an election schedule promptly

by NWMNewsDesk
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The governing Council of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), in concluding a meeting earlier today, has expressed immense concern over the uncertainty surrounding the general elections.

HRCP insists that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announce an election schedule promptly such that polls are held as close as possible to the stipulated 90-day period.

Constituencies must also be completed quickly and efficiently and under no circumstances used as an excuse to delay the elections any further. Moreover, HRCP is concerned by the scope for manipulating the electoral process by institutions such as NADRA and urges the ECP to guard against this possibility.

HRCP is greatly alarmed by the increasingly polarised environment, in which religious and sectarian divisions are being exacerbated reportedly to carve out artificial political space for far-right parties such as the TLP.

The divisive and violent tactics used by such parties to build their political identities—particularly at the expense of religious minorities and sects—are eating into organic political and civic spaces.

The continuing terrorist violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has also made political parties more apprehensive about campaigning in the province—a pattern we have witnessed before and must not go through again.

The test of the current caretaker government is to see not only whether it will protect and respect people’s right to protest peacefully, but also whether it will respond to the issues that ordinary citizens are mobilizing around.

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