PM assures equal participation of women in democratic process

Intends to include special sections in the proposed electoral laws bill, 2017

Our Correspondent February 20, 2017
In this file photo, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses a gathering at Kala Shah Kaku on Friday. PHOTO: PML-N

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured that the government would ensure equal participation of women, as well as other marginalised segments in the democratic process for which special legislative framework  is on the cards.

Nawaz, as the president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) wrote to CEC Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, apprising him that the government intended including special sections in the proposed electoral laws bill, 2017 to ensure all women eligible to vote are registered as voters.

The CEC in a letter on January 23, asked heads of all the mainstream parties to make sure women and marginalised segments get fair chance of participation in the democratic process.

Having a computerised national identity card is pre-requisite to get registered as a voter. In the updated electoral rolls, the gap between men and women registered voters has crossed 12 million.

“Specific legislative proposals are being incorporated in the draft Election Bill, 2017; its proposed section 47 specifically provides for gender inclusion in the process under the caption; ‘special measures for enrolment of women voters”, reads the PM’s letter, a copy of which was shared with media by the ECP on Monday.

There is a proposal under consideration to cancel results of any constituency where less than 10% women votes are cast. However, some mainstream political parties are averse to this proposal and want this percentage be lowered.

Another suggestion, which came under discussion during a meeting of the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms, was to specify quota of women in the allocation of party tickets for general seats.


Naheeda Abbasi | 7 years ago | Reply This is really good that PM is says equal participation of women in elections.Need of the time is to change the minimum % of women in poll their votes at each polling station should be increased from 10% to 33 %.Women registration as voter is automatically done if they get CNIC .Need clear instructions to parliamentarians to work in their respective areas and make sure that women should exercise their right to vote without any fear.And results of those PS will not be accepted where women participation were less than 33%.
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