Upcoming elections: PTI to introduce US-style ticket-award process

Published: March 14, 2012

The party’s constitution is being debated by the party’s CEC.

LAHORE: 

In an American-style nomination and ticket-holding process, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will introduce local caucuses on district levels throughout the country, which in turn will elect a local party leader who will contest elections on national and provincial levels.

The new party constitution envisages details of this local caucuses or electoral college, which will comprise four million basic members from the length and breadth of the country. The members of the caucus will send a candidate for the national and provincial assembly. At the moment, the PTI has some 800,000 basic members.

“No matter how high-profile a politician is, the ticket is not guaranteed unless the local caucus awards him the nomination,” said PTI Information Secretary Andleeb Abbas.

Members of this electoral college will be picked during a membership drive in every union council of the country. The much-awaited constitution of the party is being debated by the central executive committee of the party and will be released in two weeks.

The party is also going to launch the Insaf Professional Forum on March 19 in Lahore, which will include top professionals from Punjab and it will also act as an advisory board on technical matters confronting the party.

More rallies

Moreover, PTI Chairman Imran Khan is going to launch a public contact drive in South Punjab for three days, during which he will address public rallies in Mailsi, Muzzaffargarh, Khanewal and Bahawalnagar.

On March 23, the party chairman will address a public rally in Sialkot. On April 8, the party has planned a big public rally in Abbottabad, preparations for which are already underway. During the rally, Imran is expected to take a position on the creation of a Hazara province.

The PTI bandwagon is then headed for Quetta on April 20 for what is billed to be the biggest public gathering, thus far. Arrangements and details of the rally are being worked out by a committee headed by PTI Balochistan President Qasim Suri. Imran is expected to attract dissident Baloch nationalist leaders to the rally.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (36)

  • saad
    Mar 14, 2012 - 10:21AM

    Thats Great news ,That is what should be expected of Imran khan.

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  • Iram
    Mar 14, 2012 - 10:22AM

    PTI rocks, a true democratic party. IK is a visionary leader.

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  • Krystal Klear
    Mar 14, 2012 - 10:38AM

    sounds Challenging, Lets see whether PTI can fullfill all this promises…!!

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  • saeed
    Mar 14, 2012 - 10:49AM

    I am lovin it…Aye Aye PTI..

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  • Spaniard
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:00AM

    INSHALLAH This drive will remove these dark clouds of corrupt politicians from our heads…

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  • aliza awais
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:09AM

    Wow…Only PTI can do that not other Corrupt Political Parties….PTI rocks

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  • Arif
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:24AM

    oh come on cut the crap.. Imran ur tectics seem very persuasive but not pactically applicable in Pakistan

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  • All BS
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Excellent. Bring it on, we want to see real change

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  • nadeem
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:46AM

    this is itself a change or inqlab if PTI will be able to do it .

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  • oi
    Mar 14, 2012 - 12:03PM

    excellent initiative by pti

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  • yaz
    Mar 14, 2012 - 12:06PM

    IK has always taken up challenges. He has already done many things which people thought were undoable. So judging by history, he will do it, iA.

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  • Ali Tipu
    Mar 14, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Wao … One article in ET that actually doesn’t end up maligning IK on the basis of twisted and sensational pieces of yellow journalism.

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  • Hasan Ayaz
    Mar 14, 2012 - 12:55PM

    Wondering where all the anti PTI sentiments are on this. Generally comments by them are found in abundance when any negative thing is written :)

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  • Zeta
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:02PM

    PTI is true dream come true for patriotic Pakistanis.

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  • AaK
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:07PM

    Accept the reality, KHILAFAT and KHILAFAT only, copying UK or US is not solution although you will get their support. When you have a system, and a practicable one, then why are you going for duplicate which is impracticable and failed.

    AGHYAR KI NAQALI K BAJAYE DUNIA ME APNA NAM PEDA KAR.

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  • oi
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:13PM

    @Arif
    Bro first learn the spelling of tactics

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  • W
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Well, people who will be part of the caucus voting list will be a small proportion of the ‘real election’ voting list – one implication: the burger kids will select a burger candidate, who is likely to be smashed in the ‘actual’ elections

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  • Basit Khan
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Finally something sensible coming out of PTI. Hope they are able to pull it off

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  • Akozai
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:51PM

    All the people who commented above don’t have an iota of an idea about what a caucus is or how it works. They are just impressed cause they heard the word ‘American’. So typical of the PTI-wallas.

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  • Torrent
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:55PM

    Tsunami rising again- Elections in 2013 is actually helping out PTI structure their party.
    I’m predicting that PMLn/PPP will now change their plans for holding elections in 2013 – probably in Sept Oct 2012.

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  • Blithe
    Mar 14, 2012 - 2:05PM

    A compromise – this will ensure that the unsavory
    characters will actually get the tickets no
    matter how corrupt or how thick their previous
    association with Mush.

    This is an eyewash!
    What happened to asset declaration,
    the board vetting, etc.

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  • Lj
    Mar 14, 2012 - 2:07PM

    Critic or no critic we should all welcome this step by pti.
    These steps are very good for democracy.

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  • shazy
    Mar 14, 2012 - 2:12PM

    That’s what we call real Leader… and for one commenter above (akozai) i just want to say how much you paid for this non sense ?
    Not every one illitrate like you
    This is real democarcy (people’s choice )

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  • moin shah
    Mar 14, 2012 - 3:04PM

    some people are worth just of, petroleum ministry, like ch nisar;
    some are worth of, ambassadorship, like Attaul-haq Qasmi;
    some are worth to be made special advisor to president, like irfan siddiquee to president Tarar;
    and last but not the least, some are just worth of a LAPTOP, like the commenter above named (akozai), so this guy sold himself so cheap !

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  • Mar 14, 2012 - 3:32PM

    This is what is called stregthening democracy. Well done PTI !

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  • Furqan
    Mar 14, 2012 - 6:12PM

    PTI Chairman Imran Khan is going to launch a public contact drive in South Punjab for three days, during which he will address public rallies in Mailsi, Muzzaffargarh, Khanewal and Bahawalnagar… what about vihari ???Recommend

  • Mar 14, 2012 - 6:18PM

    Finally something positive is emerging in Pakistan politics. Atleast there would be a process of nomination for ticket holders. Best Wishes IK.

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  • Mar 14, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Tsunami was a balloon which has already burst

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  • Adeel
    Mar 14, 2012 - 7:05PM

    Atleast this man show some promise and set dream otherwise all other politicians are so traditional that you cannot expect something new from them..

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  • nadeem
    Mar 14, 2012 - 7:32PM

    good decision
    pti will bring a real change inshaallah
    and south punjab is very importent region for pti

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  • Toronto-PTI
    Mar 14, 2012 - 8:24PM

    As a Canadian Citizen, I am very very impressed to see this system being implemented. We have similar nomination system where members within the party compete for the ticket and there is internal party election before the actual elections between parties.

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  • Salman Zafar
    Mar 14, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Goooooooooddd…..
    Very much needed in our political parties….

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  • Peer
    Mar 15, 2012 - 7:35PM

    What change can you ever make without a plank of Land Reforms and Land Ceiling in particular. The city seats never get you to power but rural do. You have nothing to offer the poor people. 1n 1947 only their masters have changed not their lives. They have not been freed. Now free them from land lords grip. Introduce land ceiling. NO body should have more than say 50-60 acres of land and the excess distributed free among the landless poor. Then you can sweep the polls and bring about a change. Change of faces is not change. The parliament will continue to be a jagirdars club and a capitalist tool.

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  • zeeshan
    Mar 19, 2012 - 12:27PM

    As expected:-) Love u IK

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  • akhan
    Mar 21, 2012 - 6:49PM

    @Akozai:

    No harm copying the good things.

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  • akhan
    Mar 21, 2012 - 6:50PM

    @Pakistan politics:

    You are he judge , who gave you the authority

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