The Election Commission of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa revealed the priority lists submitted by political parties for women and minorities in the province, with notable attention drawn to the submissions from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The National Assembly has allocated 10 seats for women from the province, while the Provincial Assembly includes 26 seats for women and 4 reserved seats for minorities. Among the key revelations is the submission of a list of 84 women candidates by political parties for the Provincial Assembly.
The PTI has submitted a list that includes 8 women candidates for the Provincial Assembly, a number lower than the lists provided by some other major parties. In contrast, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) (JUIF) has taken the lead by fielding a maximum of 19 women candidates for the Provincial Assembly. The Awami National Party (ANP) and the People’s Party have submitted lists with 13 women candidates each, while the Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamaat-e-Islami have included 8 women in their respective lists.
For the National Assembly, the People’s Party and the Muslim League have listed 7 and 5 women candidates, respectively. Jamaat-e-Islami, ANP, and JUIF have submitted lists featuring four women each. Notably, PTI’s submission for the Provincial Assembly includes only 3 women candidates, deviating from the trend set by some other major political players.
In terms of minority representation, the JUIF has listed 13 candidates for the four provincial minority seats, while the People’s Party and the PML-N have submitted lists with five candidates each. Interestingly, PTI has presented only one minority candidate for consideration.