ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday said draft bill of the comprehensive electoral reforms has been prepared.
“Final review of the draft would be taken in the next meeting of the committee,” he said while chairing a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral reforms in Islamabad
Earlier, serious concerns had been expressed over the slow progress in the electoral reform process by members of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms with several maintaining that if this pace is maintained 2018 elections may not be any better than the 2013 elections.
According to Business Recorder, the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms headed by Senator Ishaq Dar began meetings by inviting proposals from the public through newspaper advertisements. It had convened 14 meetings so far. A sub-committee had convened another 55 meetings under its convenor Zahid Hamid.
In its observations, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) had states that the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms has failed to complete its work within 90 days as prescribed by the Rules of Business of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms mainly because of its irregular meetings, lack of political will and little if any consultation with stakeholders.
Federal Minister for Climate Change and Convener Sub-Committee of Parliamentary Reforms, Zahid Hamid had on 18 February informed the National Assembly that the committee had prepared a draft of seven separate laws regarding electoral reforms which would be tabled in the House after its approval from the parliamentary committee.
He had said there was a consensus in the committee to introduce electoral reforms in conducting the coming elections in a transparent manner and to avoid complaints of rigging.