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Pakistan ranks 66 amongst 102 countries in the world in terms of effective civic participation mechanisms (Part 3 of a 4 part series).

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According to a World Justice Project (WJP) Survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan, Pakistan ranks 66 among 102 countries surveyed in the world in terms of effective civic partition mechanisms.

The global survey results are based on an Open Government Index developed by WJP, which measures government openness in practice based on the experiences and perceptions of the general public worldwide. An open government – conventionally understood as a government that shares information, empowers people with tools to hold the government accountable, and fosters citizen participation in public policy deliberations – is a necessary component of a system of government founded on the rule of law. Thus the Open Government Index intends to evaluate the extent to which countries provide official information to their citizens, encourage community involvement, and improve government responsiveness.

The third dimension of WJP Open Government Index, on which Pakistan ranked 66, measures the effectiveness of civic participation mechanisms, including the protection of the freedoms of opinion and expression, and assembly and association, and the right to petition the government. It also measures whether people can voice concerns to various government officers and members of the legislature, and whether government officials provide sufficient information and notice about decisions affecting the community, including opportunities for citizen feedback.

According to the results, Pakistan received an aggregate score of 0.56 on the second dimension of Open Government Index (0 being least open and 1 being most open) that measured effectiveness of civic participation mechanisms. Pakistan ranked on the 66th position out of 102 countries of the world.

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