13 February 2007
Tracking the Election Process:
An Analysis of the Violations of Electoral Code of Conduct by the
Candidates of the Postponed Ninth Parliamentary Election
Shahzada M Akram
Shadhan Kumar Das
A multi-party parliamentary democratic system has been established for the last 15 years (1991-2006) following the mass upsurge in 1990 against the military rule. Public opinion is directly reflected through this kind of parliamentary system, for which a free and fair election is a prerequisite. High level of integrity and sincerity from the candidates along with the roles and responsibilities played by the Election Commission (EC) is crucial in the electoral process. However, in the previous national elections questions were raised regarding the roles played by the EC, the integrity of the candidates, and the competence of those who later became Members of the Parliament.