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Election Support Group
The Election Support Group (ESG) is a forum of international entities supporting the strengthening of all aspects of the electoral environment in Pakistan. Its members include diplomatic missions, international donor organizations and implementing partners such as international NGOs in the country. IFES Pakistan acts as the secretariat for this group.
The ESG issued 32 key electoral reform recommendations in its report "Summary of Electoral Reform Recommendations for Pakistan 2009". These recommendations summarize sixteen reports on the electoral process issued between 2006 and 2008, over 600 pages with 318 recommendations, from a broad range of respected national and international stakeholders.
The key recommendations presented in the summary report cover aspects including reforms to the electoral system of Pakistan; unification of electoral laws; independence, capacity building and organization of the ECP; strengthening of women participation; transparency at all stages of the electoral process; use of NADRA’s database for improvements in electoral rolls; strengthening and enforcement of campaign financing regulations; and transparency and improvement in counting and results processes.
The summary report draws on documents from Democracy International (DI), the Department for International Development (DFID), the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM), the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Pakistan Coalition for Free, Fair and Democratic Elections (PACFREL), the Pakistan Institute for Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
All of the 318 recommendations which form the basis of the summary report are documented in the "Compendium of Electoral Reform Proposals" also developed by the ESG. The ESG hopes that this report will be used by electoral stakeholders throughout Pakistan to generate discussion and promote reform.
The ESG also published a “White Paper on Local Government Elections”. This paper compares the present institutional structure of local government and legal framework for conducting elections with the previous system.
All of the 318 recommendations which form the basis of the summary report are documented in the "Compendium of Electoral Reform Proposals" also developed by the ESG.