Segregating votes: Women may vote for women in new K-P LB reforms

Published: July 20, 2013
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Only women allowed to vote for female candidates in the local body elections of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

Only women allowed to vote for female candidates in the local body elections of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has begun to prepare a draft constitution for the next municipal elections which will allow female candidates to be elected exclusively through female votes, reports Express News.

The provincial government is also considering the officiating of youth counselors as a way of facilitating the representation of youth.

Despite the traditional hurdles discouraging women to vote, the province of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa registered a particularly enthusiastic female turnout in this year’s general elections.

However, poor organisation, social taboos and Taliban proved to be some of the barriers preventing women from a wider participation in many areas during the May votes.

In some areas, like Upper Dir and other parts of the province, the ballot box did not yield even a single female vote, either because of threats or due to informal agreements between political parties disallowing women participation. There were also reports of a deal in some tribal areas where it was decided not to let women vote.

Nevertheless, women voters in Peshawar, Mardan and other areas turned out in thousands. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which emerged victorious by a large margin in the province, is said to owe a good share of its success to youth and especially to women.

A month before the elections of May 11, the government had already warned of imprisoning anyone who barred women from voting.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Final
    Jul 20, 2013 - 12:12AM

    Yes PTI, keep appeasing the Mullahs … good job!

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  • Hassan
    Jul 20, 2013 - 1:36AM

    Great work PTI. Empower women and youth

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  • Gringott
    Jul 20, 2013 - 3:29AM

    I just can’t get my head around how this will help women get adequate representation in local bodies and/or improve the female voter turnout in KP? Can the PTI shed some more light on the raison d’etre of this bill?

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  • Tahir
    Jul 20, 2013 - 3:43AM

    @Final Did you read the news? Before jumping to comment, you shall have read the news.

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  • Jibbirana
    Jul 20, 2013 - 4:16AM

    If that would bring conservative women out for vote.
    I wouldn’t mid as a first step to women empowerment. at least there will be directly elected women
    Over women should participate in election.

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  • Irfan
    Jul 20, 2013 - 7:39AM

    In whole country, females turn out was highest for PTI on May 11th general elections. The credit must go to Imran Khan for mobilizing the youth and females in a large number.

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jul 20, 2013 - 10:48AM

    Splitting society. After that it will become easier for talibaans to stop women from entering politics as they would impose ban on voting by women for women. PTI keep going ! You have imaginative ideas to help radicals.

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  • ali ahmed
    Jul 20, 2013 - 2:42PM

    who is running the affair of KP…PTI or Jamat-e-IslamiRecommend

  • Jul 20, 2013 - 10:30PM

    After winning the election in KP, Imran Khan and PTI Jihadis now showing their true colors.

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  • Adil Uddin
    Jul 20, 2013 - 10:32PM

    @True Karachiwala and Ali Ahmed:

    Did you guys even bother to read the article completely? It’s all about women choosing their own representatives in municipal elections. Does it say anywhere that women were will be banned anywhere from casting votes ?

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jul 23, 2013 - 2:40PM

    @Adil Uddin: where in the world this political philosphy has been adopted ? Please do not make us a laughing stock in the world. Your leader mixes up with ladies in London parties, here he segregates women from men. IK is really two-faced.

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