Election 2018 has already begun

Amid a strong wave of terrorism, mainstream parties in Pakistan have accelerated their political activities in preparation for Election 2018 in Pakistan. The current elected government will complete its tenure in June 2018 and election will be held anytime within 90 days after June 5, 2018.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which holds federal government in Islamabad and provincial governments in Punjab and Balochistan, is under pressure because of Panama Papers Case in Supreme Court. Still, PML-N leaders are trying to highlight China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and their development projects such as Metro Bus System in Multan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his speeches reiterates that his government will end electricity load-shedding before Election 2018. This all indicates that they have started election campaigning.

Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP), ruling in Sindh province, is also very active these days in holding public rallies and bringing back its old stalwarts like former ministers Faisal Saleh Hayat, Khalid Ahmad Kharal and Sardar Khalid Lund. PPP also invites people from other parties. Several leaders from Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI), PML-N and PML-Functional from Sindh have joined the PPP. It shows that the PPP has also launched unofficial campaigning for the next elections.

PTI, ruler of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is the leading petitioner in Panama Leaks Case. It is trying to win popular support through the case, claiming that it is only party that stood against the rulers’ corruption. At the same time, PTI Chief Imran Khan holds public rallies in various parts and mentions his party’s achievements in KP. His anecdotes about success show he too is running an election campaign.

But what the ruling parties are completely ignoring is the promises made in their manifestos before Election 2013. They seem to believe that voters have fallen asleep and forgotten all their previous words.

We didn’t.

Truth Tracker introduced journalistic innovation of government accountability through promise tracking in Pakistan before those 2013 elections. We have been tracking promises of PML-N, PPP and PTI to educate voters and let political leaders know that they are being watched.

During last 45 months, Truth Tracker journalists observed that the three ruling parties either broke or compromised the majority of their promises. A small number of promises were fulfilled. You can view this track record on our website at TruthTracker.com.pk

The lack of promise fulfillment has not discouraged Truth Tracker reporters and editors. Quite the opposite. We stand firm in our resolve to keep tracking promises and keep checking the factuality of statements by political leaders.

Our slogan is to watch out for Pakistan. We have, and we will continue.

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