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The paper discusses significant electoral reforms during the past five years instituted by elected political Government, Parliament and the Election Commission of Pakistan. These reforms have come about through Constitutional amendments, Acts of Parliament and administrative actions by the Election Commission. Revised electoral reforms. Restrictions on the Role of the President and the provincial Governors during an election. Election Commission Should Ensure Strict Compliance of Laws Relating to Control of Government Influence in Elections. The Election Commission Should Exercise Control, Superintendence and Discipline on the Staff Assigned to Election Commission for Election Duty and Training of the Polling staff. It suggests Independence of the Polling Staff to be ensured, Training of Returning Officers, Polling Staff and polling agents, development and implementation of a mechanism to monitor and regulate spending by the political parties during election campaigns. It also recommends Increase in the number of Polling Stations and making them Permanent, Use of Thumb Impression to Check Bogus Voting, Positive Voter Identification using Thumb Impression before casting of vote, Post polling-station wise statement of count on the ECP website as soon as it is received in the ECP. It also highlights the importance of Strict Compliance of Electoral Code of Conduct and giving it a legal cover, Election Tribunals Should Decide Petitions within the 4-Months Period Prescribed in the Law.

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Publication Link Agenda For Electoral Reforms In Pakistan After 2013 General Election