UN­DEMO­CRATIC POLL

The Gulf Today - - OPINION - Dawn

The win­ning per­cent­age was over­whelm­ing and seem­ingly im­pres­sive. In the 2013 Balochis­tan As­sem­bly elec­tion, Ab­dul Qu­doos Bizenjo won more than 80 per cent of the vote. But that elec­toral vic­tory, which has put Mr Bizenjo on the path to be­com­ing the third chief min­is­ter of Balochis­tan in the cur­rent as­sem­bly, was a pro­foundly un­demo­cratic ex­er­cise. The to­tal votes cast on May 11, 2013, in PB-41 were 683 or 1.18pc of the el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in the con­stituency. Mr Bizenjo won the Awaran pro­vin­cial seat with a to­tal of 544 votes. Those num­bers are not mis­takes. And the nom­i­na­tion of Mr Bizenjo by PML-N dis­si­dents and their al­lies in the Balochis­tan As­sem­bly is not a joke. If it were at all pos­si­ble for the po­lit­i­cal machi­na­tions in Balochis­tan to be­come any more tawdry, the move to in­stall an MPA who was elected with merely 544 votes as chief min­is­ter may have achieved just that. Per­haps in a frac­tious as­sem­bly with many dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests to be catered to, the weak­est can­di­date is the ‘best’ can­di­date for chief min­is­ter. The nom­i­na­tion of Mr Bizenjo may HAVE AN UN­LIKELY SIDE EF­FECT: IT COULD BRIELY CAST A SPOT­LIGHT ON ONE OF THE most trou­bled dis­tricts in the coun­try.

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