LAHORE - However strange as it may sound, but it is true that the PPP government is relying too much on a number of technical factors to win the coming elections rather than its actual performance, TheNation has learnt. 

This is despite the fact that prospective PPP candidates have pleaded before the leadership many a times in the recent past that party is sure to lose most of the electoral battles if the power outages continue unabated and the common man continues to suffer at the hands of massive inflation.

Delay in execution of development projects has also been another concern of the party Parliamentarians in this context.

Credible sources in the PPP told this scribe that some party stalwarts have briefed the top hierarchy about four different factors that might prove a helping hand for the party by default when the new elections approach.

It may sound quite strange to many, but it seems credible that PPP would be having an edge over all other parties due the new ground realities despite poor performance in the last four years, said the sources.  

These close aides believe that exclusion of 3.7 million bogus votes from the new electoral rolls would prove highly beneficial for the PPP as all these votes were previously cast in favour of the PML-N candidates in different constituencies. To substantiate their point, they have reportedly quoted statistics of the Election Commission according to which around half of the total registered votes had been struck down only in two constituencies of Lahore and Rawalpindi. Both had been won by PML-N candidates in 2008 general elections.

Similarly, the PPP is also relying heavily on the beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) whose number runs into millions. Many of them have got themselves registered as voters in the last three years after acquiring the Computerised National Identity Card. 

Initiated with an initial allocation of Rs.34 billion in 2008-09, the BISP is covering around five million families across the country. If, on the average, each family has got three voters, the number of voters getting cash assistance through the BISP comes to 15 million which constitutes almost 15 per cent of the total population. The PPP leaders think that majority of them would vote for its candidates.

Besides, the PPP has identified around 50 constituencies in the four provinces where its candidates had lost to the opponents by a small margin of upto 10,000 votes in 2008 elections. As per the party plan, these constituencies would be the primary focus of government in the coming days in respect of development schemes, electoral adjustments and selection of suitable candidates.   

Likewise, according to the PPP insiders, their party would also reap the benefits of its electoral alliance with the PML-Q, MQM and ANP.

It is thought that this arrangement would bring more seats to the PPP compared to the last elections which it had contested single-handedly.  

Last, but not the least, the PPP is also eyeing the possible split in the right wing vote. If this vote gets divided among the PML-N, the PTI, JI and other religious parties, PPP would be the sole beneficiary. Though nothing is final in politics until the last moment, but the three parties are less likely to make an electoral alliance against the PPP and its allies as the things stand today. Apart from these factors which the PPP thinks would go in its favour, the government is confident that the problem of loadshedding would be over at the time of the next elections.

The PPP candidates have been assured by party leadership that enough funds have been arranged to be given to the IPPs to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to the consumers well before holding of the polls.