Thari women made history and set example for others to follow in the general elections 2018. Thari women recorded highest ever women turnout of 70% in the country’s electoral history. This did not happened in any educated and more developed urban center but in the most poor, underdeveloped and backward district of Pakistan. The women in Tharparkar defy all odds and voted in huge numbers.
According to Election Commission of Pakistan, NA-221 and NA-222 constituencies in Sindh’s Thar district recorded a high number of votes despite being underprivileged areas. Lack of paved roads, transportation and communication facilities in many areas of the desert region, as well as the extremely hot July weather, could not deter peoples’ resolve to contribute to the national democratic process.
In NA-221 Tharparkar-I, the turnout ratio was 68.6 per cent with 72.83pc of female voters and 65.39pc of male voters showing up to vote. A total of 166,527 votes were cast here of which 9,341 were rejected. The ratio of women who came out to vote in NA-221 is the highest anywhere in Pakistan.
In NA-222 Tharparkar-II, the turnout ratio was 70.91pc with 71.40pc of the female voters and 70.51pc of male voters turning out to vote. Here, a total of 235,340 votes were cast out of which 12,763 votes were rejected on various accounts.
The rain-dependent region of Thar has a population of 1.6 million, of whom 574,333 are registered voters. These include 254,522 women voters.
The election of Krishna Kumari as senator on PPP ticket gives new hope and encouragement to Thari women voters. The female voters played important role in the victory of PPP candidates on both seats. Shah Mehmood Qureshi of PTI and Arbab family of GDA formed alliance against PPP but lost both seats due to higher voter turnout of female voters.
Increased female participation is important factor for the success of democratic process.
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