HRCP urges ECP to announce election schedule
Following a recent meeting, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) is deeply concerned about the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming general elections. HRCP emphasizes the need for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to promptly announce an election schedule to ensure that the polls occur within the specified 90-day timeframe.
HRCP also emphasizes the importance of swiftly and efficiently completing constituencies' preparations, without allowing any delays. Furthermore, HRCP expresses apprehension about the potential manipulation of the electoral process by institutions like NADRA and urges the ECP to safeguard against such manipulation.
HRCP is greatly alarmed by the escalating polarization in the political landscape, which is exacerbating religious and sectarian divisions, reportedly to create political space for far-right parties like the TLP. These parties employ divisive and violent tactics to establish their political identities, often at the expense of religious minorities and sects, eroding the organic political and civic spaces.
Additionally, the ongoing terrorist violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has made political parties hesitant to campaign in the province, creating a troubling pattern that should be avoided.
Beyond ensuring free, fair, and credible elections, the current caretaker government faces the challenge of protecting and respecting people's right to peaceful protest and addressing the issues that ordinary citizens are mobilizing around.