Legitimacy in Upcoming Polls Cannot be Ensured if One Party is Excluded From the Democratic Process

DAWN EDITORIAl EXCERPT: “…Meanwhile, the migratory tribe of ‘electables’ is also present in the contest, offering their services to those believed to have the blessings of the powers that be. Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Imran Khan, Fazlur Rehman, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari — all mainstays of the political landscape — have filed their nomination papers, though PTI hopefuls have repeatedly said obstacles are being placed in their way.”

“…From here onward, parties are expected to switch to election mode, and this requires them to communicate their program for Pakistan’s uplift to voters. It should be remembered that elections are not a popularity contest, as people expect solutions to their myriad problems from the parties vying for their votes.”

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