Islamabad, January 14, 2024 — The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a directive mandating all political parties participating in the upcoming 2024 general elections to ensure a minimum representation of 5% women candidates on general seats.

In an official statement released on Sunday, the ECP emphasized the importance of compliance with the stipulations outlined in Section 206 of the Elections Act, 2017. Parties with allotted electoral symbols are expected to adhere to the 5% representation requirement for women candidates, following the recent decision to deprive Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of its election symbol due to non-compliance.

To meet the new requirement, political parties are urged to submit a comprehensive list of both male and female candidates nominated for general seats within five days of the declaration. The tight deadline underscores the Election Commission’s commitment to enforcing gender representation in the electoral process.

The announcement comes in the aftermath of the election symbol allotment process, with Saturday marking the final day for parties to secure their symbols. The PTI’s non-compliance serves as a stark reminder of the consequences for failing to meet the mandated representation, reinforcing the Election Commission’s commitment to fostering inclusivity in the political landscape.

With thanks: Samaa News