Election Watch

CPDI’s program area Election Watch aims to strengthen one of the key components of democratic process. Elections are equated as a key characteristic of democracy. Free, fair and impartial elections are a direct platform for citizen’s voice to echo and reflect their choices in power corridors. CPDI aims at making electoral process inclusive for all citizens irrespective of their social, economic, cultural, ethnic and religious identities. Relevant focus areas include:

  • Election observation
  • Exit polls
  • Accessibility audit of polling stations
  • Voter education and meaningful engagement with all stakeholders for stronger electoral processes
Projects Under Election Watch
TitleDetails
Project TitleShe Leads-Political Training of Young Women Leaders
DurationAugust 01, 2020 -February 28, 2021
Objectives1. To identify 100 potential women and 25 male allies for participation in the “She Leads” program in the target districts of Punjab.
2. To conduct beginners and Intermediate level training program for the selected 100 women and 25 male allies.
3. To facilitate and enable the trained women and male allies to develop action plans and undertake assignments with focus on women empowerment.
Geographic FocusJhang, Toba Tek Singh, Jhelum and Chakwal
Target Groups and beneficiariesThe principal stakeholders of the project are 100 young women and 25 male allies, who will undergo ‘Beginner’ and ‘Intermediate’ level of training. The beneficiaries of the project will include communities/ districts from where the training participants will be selected, as well as local and provincial political leadership, media and civil society, who will ultimately benefit from politically trained corps of young women.
DescriptionThe aim of the project is to facilitate women participation in the political/ electoral process and create a critical mass of trained young women ready to take up leadership role at different tiers and fill the leadership void existing at local, provincial and national political landscape. The overall objective of the program is to train women and male allies, and equip them with necessary knowledge and tools to play a constructive role in politics at all levels and provide leadership to various segments of the society in the matters of governance. This objective will be achieved through selection and training of at least 100 women and 25 male allies from four districts of the Punjab province, which are: Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Jhelum and Chakwal.
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Project TitleWomen in Elections – Online Portal
Supported ByIFES, Global Affairs Canada
DurationMarch 2020 - May 2021
ObjectivesThe objectives of the projects are as below
• To create an online repository of civic and political Information for women; and
• To highlight women participation in the political process

Geographic FocusOnline
Target Groups and beneficiariesWomen (including women with disabilities, women from religious minorities, transgender)
DescriptionThe ‘Women in Elections (WiE)’ project collects and provides information on women inclusion into the political and electoral process in Pakistan. It establishes a portal, which hosts information on multifarious phases of women participation and struggle in politics. The unique features of the portal allow information from far-reaching and credible sources on women in leadership and on the ladder of success, while focusing on women political rights. It also includes information about the steps taken by the government of Pakistan to promote women inclusion into political mainstream. In addition, it hosts resources, including laws and rules, about women political participation across SAARC countries, so as to facilitate and enrich debate on good practices across countries and whether some of those could be replicated in Pakistan.
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Project TitleIncreasing Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Electoral Systems
Supported ByUS Consulate Karachi
Duration6 Months: 1st October, 2018 to 31st March, 2019.
ObjectivesThe objectives of the projects are as below
1. To make electoral system of Pakistan more inclusive by sensitizing the political actors and policy makers about rights of PWDs.
2. To provide a platform to PWDs where they can raise their voice for veneration of their political and electoral rights.
3. To encourage PWDs to reinforce their political rights.
Geographic FocusKarachi and Quetta
Target Groups and beneficiariesPersons with disabilities (PWDs) ECP official and political parties
DescriptionThe aim of the project is to transform the electoral and democratic regime in Pakistan to be inclusive of persons with disability. Project aspire to impact the policy and implementation regime in the favor of persons with disabilities through collective action to increase there participation in political and electoral sphere of life.
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Project TitleWomen NIC/Voter Registration
DurationAugust 01, 2020 -February 28, 2021
Objectives1. To identify 100 potential women and 25 male allies for participation in the “She Leads” program in the target districts of Punjab.
2. To conduct beginners and Intermediate level training program for the selected 100 women and 25 male allies.
3. To facilitate and enable the trained women and male allies to develop action plans and undertake assignments with focus on women empowerment.
Geographic FocusJhang, Toba Tek Singh, Jhelum and Chakwal
Target Groups and beneficiariesThe principal stakeholders of the project are 100 young women and 25 male allies, who will undergo ‘Beginner’ and ‘Intermediate’ level of training. The beneficiaries of the project will include communities/ districts from where the training participants will be selected, as well as local and provincial political leadership, media and civil society, who will ultimately benefit from politically trained corps of young women.
DescriptionThe aim of the project is to facilitate women participation in the political/ electoral process and create a critical mass of trained young women ready to take up leadership role at different tiers and fill the leadership void existing at local, provincial and national political landscape. The overall objective of the program is to train women and male allies, and equip them with necessary knowledge and tools to play a constructive role in politics at all levels and provide leadership to various segments of the society in the matters of governance. This objective will be achieved through selection and training of at least 100 women and 25 male allies from four districts of the Punjab province, which are: Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Jhelum and Chakwal.