ISLAMABAD: Of the 150 women candidates who filed nomination papers for the National Assembly general elections, only six were able to win their way to the lower house.
According to election results released by the Election Commission of Pakistan and processed by The Researchers — a nonprofit organisation — only three women candidates each from Punjab and Sindh won the elections on a general seat.
No women candidates succeeded in winning a National Assembly seat from Khyber-Pakthunkhwa and Balochistan, according to The Researchers.
The three successful women candidates from Punjab, Sumera Malik, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana and Saira Afzal Tarar, all belong to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) while the three winning candidates from Sindh – Faryal Talpur, Fehmida Mirza and Azra Afzal Peechu – were contesting on a ticket from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Only 60 of the 150 women candidates were running from a political party’s platform. ECP data examined by the The Researchers revealed.
|1||Punjab||NA-69 Khushab I||Ms. Sumaira Malik||PML-N||118,108|
|2||NA-88 Jhang (Jhang Cum Chiniot)||Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana||PML-N||87,002|
|3||NA-102 Hafizabad I||Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar||PML-N||93,013|
|4||Sindh||NA-207 Larkana IV||Ms. Faryal Talpur||PPPP||83,916|
|5||NA-213 Nawabshah I||Dr. Azra Afzal Peechu||PPPP||111,667|
|6||NA-225 Badin II||Dr. Fahmida Mirza||PPPP||110,684|
Source: The Researchers
For the provincial assemblies, only 10 of the 313 women who filed nomination papers from 213 constituencies will sit in the legislatures for the next five-year term.
Out of the 10 women, eight belong to Punjab while one candidate each is from Sindh and Balochistan.
No woman won a seat to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assembly in election 2013, according to ECP results processed by The Researchers.
All eight successful women candidates in the Punjab Assembly are from the PML-N.
The one woman on a general seat in the future Balochistan Assembly is also a PML-N ticket holder.
One PPP woman candidate, Saniya, won from PS-109 Karachi to be a part of the next Sindh Assembly.
Out of the 313 women candidates for provincial assemblies, 115 were party ticket holders while the remaining 198 were independents.
|1||Punjab||PP-34 Sargodha III||Dr. Nadia Aziz||PML-N||33,744|
|2||PP-53 Faisalabad III||Ms. Iffat Miraj Awan||PML-N||44,018|
|3||PP-78 Jhang II||Ms. Rashida Yakoob||PML-N||42,194|
|4||PP-88 Toba Tek Singh V||Ms. Nazia Raheel||PML-N||36,622|
|5||PP-101 Gujranwala XI||Mohtarma Riaz Amanat Ali Virik||PML-N||24,413|
|6||PP-116 Mandi -Bahuddin||Ms. Hameeda Waheeduddin||PML-N||52,712|
|7||PP-185 Okara I||Samina Noor||PML-N||26,621|
|8||PP-206 Multan III||Ms. Naghma Mushtaq Lang||PML-N||43,050|
|9||Sindh||PS-109 Karachi XXI||Ms. Saniya||PPPP||53,926|
|10||Balochistan||PB-26 Jaffarabad II||Ms. Rahat Jamali||PML-N||12,521|
Source: The Researchers