Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) issues the highest number of party tickets to women candidates, followed by Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI).
According to the list issued by Election Commision of Pakistan (ECP), PPP stands at the top among 107 parties, followed by PTI. As per section 206 of the Election Act 2017*, each political party is bound to allot 5% of its representation to women.
*Section 206 of the Elections Act (EA) reads: “A political party shall make the selection of candidates for elective offices, including membership of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) and Provincial Assemblies, through a transparent and democratic procedure and while making the selection of candidates on general seats shall ensure at least five per cent representation of women candidates”.
However, PPP issues tickets to 43 women among total 642 while per law it was bound to provide platform 32 women to meet the ECP requirement. The party 11 more candidates than required and gave its representation to seven women candidates in Mutahhida strongholds.
Similarly, PTI gave tickets to 42 women candidates on general seats among 769 total candidates when it was only required to adjust 38 women following the law.
Similarly, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has fielded a total of 37 women among 639 total candidates against the requirement i.e 32 women.
Apart from these three major parties, here is how other parties allotted tickets:
Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) gave tickets to 30 women (3 more than required)
Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) gave representation to 33 women (7 more than required)
Awami National Party (ANP) 14 women (5 more than required)
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) 6 women (2 more than required)
Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) gave representation to 12 women (5 more than required)
Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) 8 women (3 more than required)
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) 5 women (3 more than required)
Balochistan National Party (NBP) 3 women (1 more than required)
and Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek (AAT) 10 women (2 less than the required quota)
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