Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly
We, the citizens of Pakistan, strongly demand opening up of the proceedings of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms as well as of its Sub-Committee to ensure that the process of reforms is transparent, meaningful, realistic and reflective of popular aspirations.
The formation of the committee by your good office on the request of the Prime Minister in July 2014 was a step in the right direction but the way it is conducting its business is neither drawing public confidence nor ownership.
We believe elections act as the lynchpin in a democracy and any changes to the electoral system require public discourse and debate for a broader public ownership. Unless diverse social and political groups share at least a minimum common reforms agenda, any future changes in the laws will be subject to public questioning and censure, having implications on the legitimacy of elections as well as its results.
Equally important is an intense engagement of provinces and its assemblies in any reforms process in line with the spirit of the 18th Constitutional Amendment. Consultations with provinces will not only improve public confidence in the reforms process but also enhance their ownership among people and the federating units.
We, therefore, demand that :
Public Petition for Transparent Electoral Reforms Process