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JI, PTI top ‘internal democracy’
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IKRAM JUNAIDI — UPDATED DEC 24, 2014 12:28PM

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ISLAMABAD: When ‘internal democracy’ among the
political parties in parliament is compared, the ruling
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parliament is compared, the ruling
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) comes in last and
Jamaat-i-Islami tops the chart, according to an
assessment carried out by the Pakistan Institute of
Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat).
However, according to the assessment report if JI’s
restricted system of membership and internal election
excludes it from the comparison, PTI emerges as the party
with the best internal democracy.
The report lists the parties in descending order and gives
them scores in percentage. At the top is Jamaat-i-Islami
with a score of 56 per cent followed by Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf at 49 per cent, Awami National Party at 46 per cent,
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) and the
National Party both get scores of 43 per cent, Muttahida
Qaumi Movement is at 42 per cent, Pakistan People’s
Party’s score is 34 per cent and Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz comes in last with a score of 32 per cent.
Journalist Mujibur Rehman Shami, a member of the Pildat
committee which assessed the constitutions and internal
activities of the eight parties, noted that most of the
political parties do not even have a list of their members.
“This is the reason the party which made Pakistan has
fragmented into groups,” he said at the launch of the
Pildat report here on Tuesday.
“Most parties spend millions in contesting elections but
bank accounts do not show matching amounts. We cannot
afford political parties receiving funds from unknown
sources,” he added, advising them not to emulate “the

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budgets of traders’ unions” and keep proper accounts.
PTI Member of National Assembly (MNA) Arif Alvi found it
“encouraging” that his party “scored high” in the internal
democracy assessment.
“We held elections of PTI for overseas Pakistanis in 2006
and decided to introduce electronic mail to cast vote. Then
in Pakistan we opened membership through phone and
around 3.5 million people registered. Another four million
were registered manually,” he said.
“We held elections through mobile phones but had to form
a commission under retired Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed to
look into complaints of manipulation,” he said.
“With the passage of time we will improve. If bar councils
can hold elections every year why can’t political parties,”
he asked.
Senator M. Hamza of PML-N said that unfortunately most
of the political parties revolve around personalities. “The
issue has to be resolved,” he added.
PTI MNA Ali Muhammad claimed that his party practiced
true democracy.
“The party chief, Imran Khan, did not know me until I
reached the assembly,” he said.
PML-N MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani stressed that
democracy has to be ensured in the country “and for that
there should be democracy within political parties”.
His colleague in the National Assembly, Rana Muhammad

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His colleague in the National Assembly, Rana Muhammad
Afzal Khan, recalled the difficulties the party has faced.
“In 1999 our party office in Islamabad was occupied.
However, PML-N has been focusing on democracy and
been improving by default and by design,” he said.
PPP Senator Dr Jehangir Badr regretted that it was a job of
the political parties to study the level of democracy in their
ranks but appreciated that a nongovernmental
organisation – Pildat - has done it. “Democracy in the
country cannot be ensured unless it is ensured within the
political parties,” he said.
Published in Dawn December 24th , 2014

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