Balochistan assembly weighty vote in presidential election
Balochistan assembly weighty vote in presidential election

March 9th, the Balochistan Assembly will witness the exercise of its pivotal role in the presidential election. The 65 members of the Balochistan Assembly, constituting an integral part of the Presidential Electoral College, will cast their votes from 10 am to 4 pm.

This timeframe marks a crucial window during which the democratic will of the people of Balochistan will manifest itself, influencing the trajectory of the presidential election.

In the intricate tapestry of Pakistan’s political landscape, the Balochistan Assembly emerges as a crucial thread, contributing significantly to the democratic process by serving as a unique polling station for the 14th presidential election. What sets the Balochistan Assembly apart is not just its geographical location but, more importantly, its distinctive impact on the President’s Electoral College.

Balochistan Assembly in the President’s Electoral College stands as a evidence to Pakistan’s commitment to a robust and inclusive democratic system. By ensuring that each member’s vote carries equal weight, regardless of the assembly’s size, the electoral process becomes a true reflection of the diverse voices and interests present in the country. As the Balochistan Assembly prepares to discharge its electoral duty on March 9, it exemplifies the democratic spirit that binds the nation together, celebrating diversity while upholding the principles of equality and representation.

To illustrate, if the Punjab Assembly contributes 371 votes to the presidential election, and this number is divided by the 65 votes of the Balochistan Assembly, each vote from the Punjab Assembly holds the status of 5.71 votes in the presidential election. Similarly, the votes from Sindh and KP Assembly are proportionally adjusted, with 2.58 and 1.9 votes, respectively, being equivalent to one vote. This meticulous calculation not only upholds the principles of fairness and representation but also safeguards the interests of smaller provinces like Balochistan.

The hallmark of the Balochistan Assembly Legislature’s inclusion in the Electoral College lies in its role in preventing the division of votes cast under the presidential election formula. Unlike other provincial assemblies where votes are proportionally divided, each member’s vote in the Balochistan Assembly carries equal weight. This feature ensures a fair representation of the diverse voices within the province, fostering a democratic ethos that values equality and inclusivity.

Within the framework of the presidential election, all provincial assemblies, including Balochistan, are granted equal status. However, the unique characteristic of the Balochistan Assembly becomes evident when comparing the number of members. While other assemblies may have a larger number of members, the votes given to the presidential candidate in those assemblies are divided by the number of Balochistan assembly members, who have the least representation. This equalizing mechanism ensures that each vote in the Balochistan Assembly holds the same weight as any other, regardless of the size of the assembly.

The Election Commission’s notification, issued on March 1, designating the Balochistan Assembly as a polling station for the presidential election, underscores the constitutional significance of this assembly in the democratic process. As per Article 41, the Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court will serve as the presiding officer during the election in the Balochistan Assembly, adding a layer of impartiality and judicial oversight to the electoral proceedings.

In a momentous decision, the Balochistan Assembly itself, in its meeting on March 2, passed a resolution to formalize its role as a polling station for the presidential election. This proactive approach reflects the assembly’s commitment to upholding democratic values and ensuring the smooth functioning of the electoral process within its jurisdiction.

Despite the significance of the Balochistan Assembly’s involvement, there are notable intricacies. Two members, Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal and Jam Kamal Khan, have vacated their provincial assembly seats, necessitating re polling in PB 7 and PB 14. Additionally, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, another member, has yet to take the oath of office, raising the possibility of his participation in the election. In this dynamic scenario, 60 members from the Balochistan Assembly will play a pivotal role in shaping the outcome of the presidential election.