General Elections in Pakistan
There was a time when monarchy and dictatorship were firmly rooted in the world. However, in course of time, the days of monarchy and dictatorship have gone. Ultimately democracy has triumphed. In the present-day world almost all the countries have democratic form of Government. In democracy, ultimate power of a State lies with the people of that State. People rule their country through their representatives who form the Government and run the administration on behalf of the people. People choose their representatives by casting votes in their favour. Such act of choosing is known as election. Election in which representatives are chosen in all the constituencies of a state is known as General Election. Pakistan is a democratic country where voters are the electors. On the day of general election, these voters have to go to their respective polling stations to cast their votes. This occurs, generally at the end of every five years.Since independence, Elections in Pakistan have evolved a long way, but all along elections have been a significant cultural aspect of independent Pakistan. Electoral Roll:
Electoral Roll is a list of people or a register of people who have right to vote in the election. Before the occurrence of the General Election, the Electoral Roll is revised and is made up-to-date with the enlistment of the new voters who have attained the age of eighteen years by the time of the General Election. Polling station:
A polling station is a building or such other place where the people go to vote at an election. It is generally a school building taken over for time-being for the purpose of General Election. A presiding officer with his two assistants come to the polling station for a day or so to conduct the election work. Polling agents of the candidates are allowed in the polling station. A polling-box is placed on the table before the eyes of the presiding officer. His two assistants sit on two sides of a table one is with ballots and the electoral roll and the other with indelible ink. The polling box is firmly closed on all sides except a narrow chasm on the top for the ballots to pass through into the polling box. How a voter gives his vote:
On the appointed day and during the appointed time, a voter goes to his polling station with his photo previously supplied to him by the Election Department. There his name is searched out in the Electoral Roll (Electoral Register) and his photo is verified by the Presiding Officer. Then he takes a ballot, goes into the polling booths, stamps on his chosen picture, folds the ballot in the right way, comes near the Ballot Box and drops the ballot in the Ballot Box. Then an assistant puts the mark of the indelible ink near the nail of the ring-finger of his left hand. Then the voter goes out through the exit. Then another voter comes and follows the same process. In this way, all the voters, present there, cast their respective votes. The Conclusion is that It is a matter of great that ragging, kidnapping, killing and forcibly taking away the ballot-box have been associated with election atmosphere by some jealous ruffians. The general election should be done in a peaceful atmosphere so that people will be able to exercise their franchise.It is also a matter of great regret that the Pakistani students do not keep much information about the general election of our country. They do not like to know anything else except what is there in their text-books or course-books. This is not a good sign for the future of Pakistan.However in this respect, they should follow the example of our great Leaders like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah , Sir Syed Ahmed Khan , Allama Iqbal and others.
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