UNDP Pakistan Annual Report 2013
2013 was a year of transitions for both Pakistan and UNDP. For the first time in Pakistan’s 66-year history, a civilian government completed its term of office. The May 2013 elections paved the way for the country’s first peaceful transfer of power to a new civilian government. This marked a paradigm shift for its electoral and political systems, enabling UNDP and other development partners to support the Election Commission of Pakistan prepare for credible, transparent and inclusive elections. Notwithstanding the multiple improvements still needed, we helped introduce measures to increase the professionalism and credibility of electoral institutions and increase voter confidence in electoral returns. These elections are widely recognised as the best to date.
In everything we do, we remain committed to working closely with the Government, our partners, and the people of Pakistan to support the country’s development needs and the aspirations of the people. We will work to ensure that all Pakistani women, children and men can live in peace and prosperity, and with dignity and justice.