Bahawalpur – Department of Political Science, Islamia University of Bahawalpur hosted a webinar on Electoral Reforms in Pakistan Role of Political Parties. The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob praised the Department of Political Science for choosing a most relevant and topical issue of political and social importance. He said that the free, fair and transparent electoral system is necessary for the stability and security of the country.
As Pakistan was born on the basis of democratic struggle and its survival and integration is also possible in a democratic organization. Hamid Khan, senior lawyer, writer and politician described the constitutional aspects of the electoral system in Pakistan.
He said that Articles 218, 219 and 220 of the 1973 Constitution empower the Election Commission to arrange and conduct elections in a transparent and impartial manner. All federal, provincial and local government institutions are required to cooperate with the Election Commission to strengthen its administrative base.
He favored the use of electronic voting machines to avoid tempering election results. On the issue of the right to vote of Pakistani citizens overseas, he felt that a large number of the Pakistani diaspora living abroad is one of the country’s strengths and should be empowered by the right to vote. .
Dr. Fauzia Ghani, professor of political science, Govt. College University, Lahore presented the theoretical analysis of different aspects of the need and importance of elections, democracy and political parties in the political system. She said elections are at the heart of the political system and the authority of the leader must represent morality and legitimacy.
A free, fair and transparent electoral system is the only way to build the confidence of the masses. The ongoing reforms in Pakistan’s electoral system are the need of the hour and efforts must be made to avoid loopholes and fraudulent practices can be avoided.
The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Robina Bhatti, in her concluding remarks congratulated the Department of Political Science for organizing a debate on a very important topic and inviting the legendary of the topic. She said that transparency and fairness in the electoral system promotes the democratic culture that is possible through an effective control system, dialogues and long-term planning. She described that dialogue is the strength of the company.
The positive image of the country is presented through the political culture that can be aroused by civic education and the political socialization of citizens.
The Chairman of the Department of Political Science, Professor Dr Mussawar Hussain Bukhari, thanked the guest speakers, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Vice-Chancellor for taking their time and sharing valuable thoughts to enrich students of Islamia University of Bahawalpur and students and professors of other universities the general public. He congratulated all faculty members of the department, especially the webinar moderator, Mr. Khizar Hayat, for his cooperation and achievement.