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.