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Lahore Seen as Critical in Pakistan's Election

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 10 (UPI Next) --Lahore, the capital of Punjab province and Pakistan's second-largest city, is expected to be a key battleground in Saturday's planned elections.
SUMEERA RIAZ, written for UPI.com

Violence clouds Pakistani elections

UNITED NATIONS, May 10 (UPI) -- There are concerns that the recent wave of violence in Pakistan will undermine the chance for a peaceful election, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Women to be barred from voting in Pakistan's Lower Dir District

ISLAMABAD, May 10 (UPI) -- Women in Pakistan's Lower Dir District can't vote in Saturday's general election under an informal agreement by political parties, officials said.

Building fire in Pakistan kills at least eight

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 9 (UPI) -- A fire in a 13-story building in Lahore killed at least eight people and injured six more, authorities said Friday.

Pakistani Youth Vote Could be Critical, Analysts Say

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan May 9 (UPI Next) --Political analysts say the youth vote in Pakistan's May 11 elections could be a game changer.
SARDAR NOKHAIZ, written for UPI.com

Son of former Pakistani PM kidnapped

MULTAN, Pakistan, May 9 (UPI) -- The son of a former Pakistani prime minister was kidnapped and his secretary killed Thursday in an attack on a political rally, police said.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani’s Son Kidnapped at Election Rally

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani’s Son Kidnapped at Election Rally

MULTAN, Pakistan, May 9 (UPI Next) --The youngest son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was kidnapped during an election meeting in the central Pakistani city of Multan Thursday, police said.
ALI WAQAR, written for UPI.com

12 die in bomb blast before Pakistani candidate's political event

HANGU, Pakistan, May 7 (UPI) -- At least 12 people died in a bomb blast at a market in Hangu, Pakistan, Tuesday just before a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam candidate's political event, police said.

Non-Muslim candidates largely absent in Pakistan's election

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 7 (UPI Next) -- Few non-Muslims are running in Pakistan's planned election, which critics say reinforces non-Muslims' status as a poor underclass there.
AAMIR SAEED, written for UPI.com

Pakistani Candidate Imran Khan Injured at Campaign Rally

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 7 (UPI Next) --
ALI WAQAR, written for UPI.com

Fifteen killed in Pakistan election rally bombing

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, May 6 (UPI Next) --Fifteen people were killed and more than 40 injured in the Sewak area of the northwest Orakzai tribal region.
ADNAN RASHID, written for UPI.com

15 killed, 70 injured in explosion at political rally in NW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, May 6 (UPI) -- An explosion at a political rally in northwest Pakistan killed at least 15 people and injured 70 others Monday, officials said.

Musharraf's party to boycott May elections

ISLAMABAD, May 3 (UPI) -- The political party of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said Friday it would not participate in elections scheduled for May 11.

Election site gets 50,000 hits a minute

ISLAMABAD, April 1 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Election Commission had to briefly shut down its website after an overload of traffic from citizens -- about 50,000 hits a minute -- officials said.
Musharraf opens his election campaign

Musharraf opens his election campaign

ISLAMABAD, April 1 (UPI) -- Pakistan's former president and Parliamentary hopeful Pervez Musharraf said the country is in a "do or die" situation from which only he can rescue it.
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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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