DRI assessed the local elections in Balochistan, held on 7 December 2013. DRI’s team, consisting of three Pakistani and four international experts based in Quetta, met stakeholders, held telephone interviews with people in 20 districts, analysed laws and followed the media coverage of the elections. The team found a number of shortcomings such as a lack of transparency, inequalities of the vote and an unclear system of resolving electoral disputes. While the desire to hold local elections after a four-year interruption of such elections was positive, the team concluded that the often preventable shortcomings show the need for election reform for the effective long-term functioning of this third tier of democratic government.
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