Women’s right to Vote: 10 Million women unregistered to vote in Pakistan

Senate Standing Committee was informed that as much as 10 million women in Pakistan are not registered to vote in Pakistan. This mars the image of an equal Pakistan for all, which Prime Minister Imran Khan is trying to project to the outer world.

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Over 10 million women in the country are not registered for voting, Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was told on Friday meeting.

The committee was further informed that as many as 1,158 ordinances were signed between 1989 and 2019.

Following the revelation, the Senate body directed NADRA to issue CNIC to women as per their data available with NADRA.

The meeting was informed that more than 110 million women were registered for voting during the year 2019-2020. As many as 23,413 display centers have been established in the country to remove errors in the CNICs.

The meeting decided on legislation in order to stop the future ordinance.

Dr. Sikandar Mandhro, a member of the Election Commission of Pakistan, informed the committee that a consensus has been developed for the appointment of members of the Election Commission of Pakistan, adding that names will be finalized for all vacant posts till Monday.

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The committee meeting, led by Senator Pervez Rasheed, was held at Parliament House on Friday. A majority of committee members were in attendance.

ECP officials during their briefing told the meeting that out of over 110 million non-registered voters, over 60 million belong to Punjab, over 20 million Sindh, over 10 million KP and over 4.6 million belong to Baluchistan.

They said out of 23,413 display centers, 11,856 are established in Punjab, 3,791 in Sindh, 5,912 in KP, 1,665 in Balochistan, and 189 in Federal Area.

Senator Farhatullah Babar, during the meeting, informed that over 10 million women were not registered for the vote. He added that a majority of women have CNICs but still are not registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan for the vote.

The Election Commission officials said that ECP was not registering women who don’t hold Computerized National Identity Cards. The committee directed NADRA to initiate the process of registering women for the voters who hold CNICs.

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