Majority of Pakistanis favour democracy over military rule: survey - Pakistan Today

Majority of Pakistanis favour democracy over military rule: survey

*PILDAT survey reveals that 67 pc Pakistanis support democracy, 63 percent believe General Election 2013 was “somewhat to completely transparent and fair”, percentage of those wanting electoral reforms upped to 85 pc from 67pc last year

*65 pc believe elected LGs are “somewhat very important” in solving local problems, 71 pc say holding LG polls nationwide is “somewhat very important”

A substantial 67 percent of the country’s population believes that democratically elected governments constitute the best system for Pakistan, revealed a Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development (PILDAT) survey.

The appetite for another Army rule in the country remains low as only 19 percent Pakistanis see another military rule as the best system for the country.

The survey commissioned by PILDAT upon the completion of the 1st year of national and provincial assemblies and governments in office in May 2014 to gauge public opinion across the country on quality democracy revealed that 65 percent of Pakistanis believe that elected LGs are “somewhat very important” in solving the local problems faced by Pakistanis. Only 32 percent Pakistanis asserted that elected LGs are “not important” in resolving the problems faced by citizens.

Seventy one percent of Pakistanis say that holding Local Government (LG) polls nationwide is “somewhat very important”. The nationwide poll conducted during July 16 to August 6 reveals that only 27 percent of the country’s population believes that holding LG elections is “not very important” or “not important at all”.

The survey revealed that 63 percent of Pakistanis believe that General Election 2013 was “somewhat to completely transparent and fair” whereas 37 percent respondents see the Election as “somewhat rigged to completely rigged”.

An overwhelming majority of Pakistanis, 85 percent, believe that it is critical that the Election Commission of Pakistan’s functions need to be reformed and reconfigured. In comparison, 67 percent people felt the need for electoral reforms in a poll upon the conclusion of 100 days of national and provincial governments in September 2013. This indicates that the movement for electoral reforms has made significant impact during the past nine months.

The survey results are released from a two-part PILDAT survey covering separately Quality of Governance and Quality of Democracy. While the public opinion scores on Quality of Governance survey were released on September 2, the public opinion poll scores on Quality of Democracy were released on Sunday.



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