Chitral .. Electioneering in Chitral will soon rise to its peak levels. Candidates are already going from door to door asking for votes. Some are using tribal and communal connections, some regional associations, some using mosques and Madrassas, to garner support in the forthcoming polls.
What is missing is the dissemination of clear cut programs of candidates and their party policies with respect to the country and Chitral in particular. It would be in the best scheme of things if a timetable is made to bring each and every candidate of the National and Provincial Assembly on a public forum and let them present their programs with clear cut time limits to fulfillment of their programs. The candidates should also be subjected to questions from the audience which they would be required to answer in the public forum. Each Candidate pair of a particular party should be called separately in a different time slot..
A possible actualization of this could be through arrangement at the Chitral press club. Any candidate refusing to attend? the ‘”Answer the People'” forum should be advertised as such. The proceedings of the forum can then be published on the social media, local Radio and cable TV network the next day.
Chitral should set precedence for decent and scientific electioneering procedures instead of the traditional “Danda Mari” going on. .. CN report, 20 Jun 2018