LOWER DIR: Contrary to the past tradition of women disenfranchisement, a record 123,039 women exercised their right to vote in Lower Dir district in the Feb 8 elections.

An official of the local election commission office told Dawn on Tuesday that women actively participated in the electoral process in contrast to past practice. The official said that a total of 123,039 women out of 389,043 female registered voters cast their ballots in the two national and five provincial assembly constituencies in the district.

In the past, political parties used to bar women from voting in the district, where sometimes written agreements were signed among parties not to allow women to use their right of enfranchisement.

However, after the election commission declared 10 per cent women participation in each constituency mandatory, the political parties decided to let them vote.

According to official data, in the elections held on Feb 8, a total of 27,093 women cast their vote in PK-14. In PK-15, a total of 27,025 women voted.

In PK-17, 21,051 women used their right to franchise.

Similarly, in PK-18, 17,957 women cast their vote.

Social and women rights activists, including Shad Begum, Ibrash Pasha and Akbar Khan, expressed their satisfaction over the increasing role of women in the electoral process, and appreciated the Election Commission of Pakistan for ensuring women participation in polls.

Talking to Dawn, they said that gone were the days when women were barred from taking part in electoral process and decision making. The activists also appreciated the ECP’s local staff and political leadership for facilitating and motivating women to exercise their basic right.

Published in Dawn, February 21st, 2024

Opinion

Editorial

Noshki killings
Updated 14 Apr, 2024

Noshki killings

It must be asked why Baloch separatists continue to target civilians as well as security men despite large deployment.
Upholding the law
14 Apr, 2024

Upholding the law

THE recent discord in Bahawalnagar offers a chance to reflect on the sanctity of the law and its enforcement across...
Tragic travels
14 Apr, 2024

Tragic travels

FOR those embarking on road and boat journeys, the probability of fatal accidents has seen a steady rise. The recent...
Security lapses
Updated 13 Apr, 2024

Security lapses

Ensuring the safety of foreign citizens is paramount, not just for diplomatic relations but for our economic future.
An eventful season
13 Apr, 2024

An eventful season

THE Senate chairman and deputy chairman were elected unopposed, and 41 new senators were sworn in on Tuesday,...
Living rough
13 Apr, 2024

Living rough

WE either don’t see them or don’t want to see them — not even when they are actively trying to get our...