The Logic behind why Election Symbols in Pakistan and India are so Eccentric


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The Logic behind why Election Symbols in Pakistan and India are so Eccentric

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Each election, I wonder what is the rationale behind allotting election symbols to a political party or a candidate. If one needs to identify with a candidate, shouldn’t a picture of the candidate him/herself, or a party flag for that matter, be enough. The curious thing is, these symbols hardly have anything to do with the party ideology or manifesto, and they are hardly consistent with a candidate’s personality (read “sher”), the only notable exception being PTI, perhaps. Some were just assigned randomly on a party’s first outing to contest and they have held on to them religiously. Yet others like Jamaat e Islami have settled on whatever they have been assigned, I can recall at least 3 in my own lifetime.

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