Participants of three-day workshop on electoral reforms pose for a group photo. - Photo by Rafiullah

SWAT, 19 October: A workshop on electoral reforms, organised by Hujra Organisation, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO), concluded in Swat on Sunday.

People from Swat and Shangla belonging to different walks of life attended the three-day workshop which was organised at a local hotel in Mingora. Speakers on the occasion said consultation should be made with all the political parties before appointment of the chief election commissioner. They said population census and delimitations of constituencies should also be carried out before the 2018 general elections to make the election process more transparent.

The speakers said the government should increase the number of polling stations according to increase in population and establish separate and safe polling stations for women voters. They said the whole electoral exercise should be carried out on biometric system on the pattern of elections in developed countries.

A participant of the workshop told TNN that the election commissioners should be appointed through the Public Service Commission. “The election commissioners should be free and powerful. The number of polling stations, especially women polling stations, should be increased to reduce trouble for the voters,” he said.

He added that population census and delimitation of constituencies should also be carried out before elections.

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