ISLAMABAD: It was revealed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP,) the body responsible for conducting free and fair elections in Pakistan, that there are 59 registered parties contesting the upcoming election that have not fielded any women candidates.
As per the list issued by ECP, 48 political parties have issued tickets to a total of 304 women in total, while 59 parties have not issued general seat tickets to any women.
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Of those that did, four parties failed to meet the requirement of allocating five percent of the tickets to women. The include Allah Akbar Tehreek, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Samiul Haq (JUI-S), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Nazriati (PTI Ideological), and Pasban Pakistan.
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The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), on the other hand, emerged as the party that allocated the highest percentage of its total tickets to women compared to its peers – at 43, followed by Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI,) – at 42, and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) – at 37.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Awami National Party (ANP), Balochistan National Party (BNP), BNP-Awami, Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), and the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) have issued general seat tickets to 6, 8, 14, 3, 2, 8, and 33 women, respectively.