The Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) has said that the highest voter turnout in Pakistan’s 12th general election was from Tharparkar in Sindh while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan saw the lowest number of voters.

According to a report, 60.6 million voters exercised their right to vote on February 8. “Nearly 5.8 million more people voted in GE-2024 as compared to 2018 when 54.8 million had cast their votes,” Fafen said.

The report added that despite an increase in voters, the turnout dipped from 52.1 per cent in 2018 to 47.6pc in 2024, primarily due to an increase in the number of registered voters from 106 million in 2018 to 128.6 million in 2024.

“In addition, harsh winter in parts of the country, fears of violence and terrorism in KP and Balochistan as well as uncertainty about the conduct of elections may have also adversely affected the turnout,” it added.

The Fafen report is based on the analysis of Form 47 of the 264 National Assembly constituencies published on the Election Commission of Pakistan’s website.

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