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Commentary: Pakistan: Geopolitical conundrum

Commentary: Pakistan: Geopolitical conundrum

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- Lurking behind the good news from the Pakistan election is the threat of a geopolitical nightmare.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Pakistan praised for election

Pakistan praised for election

LONDON, May 13 (UPI) -- The 50 million people in Pakistan who voted Saturday cast votes in opposition of terrorism and intimidation, the British government said.
Nawaz Sharif set to lead Pakistan for third time

Nawaz Sharif set to lead Pakistan for third time

ISLAMABAD, May 13 (UPI) -- Nawaz Sharif was set Monday to lead Pakistan after his party seemed to have won the most seats in elections marking Pakistan's first democratic power transfer.
Pakistan election: Massive Wave Swept Across the Country

Pakistan election: Massive Wave Swept Across the Country

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 12 (UPI Next) -- With former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) emerging as clear victors in Saturday's general elections, political observers and voters are predicting a new chapter in Pakistan's political history.
SUMEERA RIAZ, written for UPI.com
More than 24 die in Pakistan's Election Day violence

More than 24 die in Pakistan's Election Day violence

ISLAMABAD, May 12 (UPI) -- At least 24 people died in Pakistan as more than 60 percent of the country's population turned out to vote, the highest turnout in decades, officials said.
Rightist party sweeps elections in Pakistan

Rightist party sweeps elections in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 12 (UPI Next) -- Tens of millions of Pakistani voters have re-elected a right-leaning former premier, resoundingly rejecting the outgoing party of late leader Benazir Bhutto and defying Taliban terror threats in historic elections.
LUBNA JERAR NAQVI, written for UPI.com
Sharif claims win in Pakistan election; final results pending

Sharif claims win in Pakistan election; final results pending

ISLAMABAD, May 11 (UPI) -- Nawaz Sharif claimed a third term Saturday as Pakistan's prime minister as his PML-N party took a huge lead over its rivals, provisional results indicated.

Transgender Candidates Run in Pakistan for the First Time

ISLAMABAD, May 11 (UPI Next) -- At least seven transgender Pakistanis are contesting elections today after a landmark court order affirmed their right to participate in politics.
SARDAR NOKHAIZ, written for UPI.com
Pakistanis Cast Ballots Amid Terrorism in Historic Election

Pakistanis Cast Ballots Amid Terrorism in Historic Election

KARACHI, May 11 (UPI Next) --Pakistan goes to the polls to vote in a new government amid incidents of terrorism and complaints of rigging by some political parties.
LUBNA JERAR NAQVI, written for UPI.com

Pamphlet in Pakistan region spurs fears of election violence

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 11 (UPI Next) -- A threatening pamphlet issued by extremists in southeastern Pakistan warning locals not to elect "infidels" and women has increased fears of election violence.
AMAR GURIRO, written for UPI.com

Election day bombs kill 11 in Pakistan city

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 11 (UPI Next) --Eleven people including women, children and political party activists have been killed in a bomb attack apparently targeting a secular party candidate in southern port city Karachi, just hours after voting began in parliamentary elections that represent a
LUBNA JERAR NAQVI, written for UPI.com

Cricket bat symbol draws children into Pakistan's politics

PESHAWAR, May 11 (UPI Next) --The cricket bat has become a potent symbol, drawing children into the political process, in the lead-up to Pakistan's planned elections Saturday.
NIZAM UDDIN, written for UPI.com

Observers worry about security in Karachi on eve of election

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 10 (UPI Next) --Politicians and analysts are voicing concern about the security situation in Karachi, one of Pakistan's major economic hubs, as political parties gear up for Saturday's general elections.
ZAFAR AHMED KHAN, written for UPI.com

Pakistanis prefer strong leader to democratic government

ISLAMABAD, May 10 (UPI) -- More than half of Pakistan's Muslims would prefer a strong leader to a democratic government, an international poll released Friday indicated.

Female Candidate is a First in Remote Pakistani District

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 10 (UPI Next) --Badam Zari is running in Saturday's elections as the first female National Assembly candidate from a remote district of Pakistan's northern tribal region.
LUBNA JERAR NAQVI, written for UPI.com
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Constitutional Importance

Article 219 of the constitution of Pakistan enshrines the responsibility of preparing electoral rolls for both the National and Provincial Assemblies. The complete enrollment of all the eligible voters throughout the country is an indispensable action in ensuring that free, fair and transparent elections take place.

Whats different this time around

One marked difference between the electoral rolls this time around in 2007, is the fact that around 36% of the voters or around 30 million voters have gone unregistered as compared to 2002. If historical considerations are taken into account, the growth of 2.7% in the number of voters per annum, should have meant that at least 82 million more voters should have been registered this time around.

An important development, for the very first time in Pakistan, is that the Election Commission of Pakistan has displayed a draft of computerized electoral rolls at around 45,403 centres in each of the four provinces in the country. This initiative would allow criticism, invitation of claims and reservations. On the 31st of July 2012, The Election Commission of Pakistan announced the final printing of computerized electoral rolls which would provide the nation with a transparent document. The computerized system has also resulted in the elimination of 35 million bogus voters from of the list.

Along with the computerized electoral rolls, the Election Commission of Pakistan has also announced a comprehensive SMS service for voting details. This initiative will facilitate over 80 million voters who would be able to get primary information about the registration of their vote. The convenience of this initiative can be understood in light of a voter having the ability to send his CNIC number to 8300, and get valid information about the registration of ones vote. There is also a degree of confidentiality about the SMS service, where the residential address and other particulars would be kept confidential, which ensures that the information would not be misused.

Composition of Electoral Rolls

Out of a total of 84,364,375 voters about 56% would consist of male voters. The voters stats according to the Election Commission of Pakistan, (Final Electoral Rolls) for each of the four provinces along with the the Federal Area and FATA hints at a higher percentage of male voters, which is similar to the national total. The percentage for male voters against the women voters is the highest in FATA, which is due to the security situation as well as the cultural fabric of the region.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Pakistan Election 2013."
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