Pakistan: Local elections in Sindh next month

Karachi: The first phase of local government elections will be held in 14 districts across Sindh on June 26 with a particular focus on boosting the participation of women, transgender people and people with disabilities.

The 14 districts that will go to the polls are Ghotki, Sukkur, Khairpur, Jacoabad, Kashmore, Qambar, Shahdadkot, Nawabshah, Larkana, Shikarpur, Naushahro Feroze, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot and Tharparkar. Elections in the rest of Sindh’s districts will be held on July 24.

A 33% quota of seats will be reserved for women, and workers, farmers and youth will each get 5% representation, while people with disabilities and the transgender community will each get 1% in different local government agencies in Sind.

Provincial Election Commissioner Sindh Ejaz Anwar Chauhan told the media that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has made extra efforts to attract people with disabilities, women and people from the transgender community by boosting turnout.

He said the ECP had set up a voter education committee in each district to increase voter turnout on election day.

Chauhan said the ECP worked with the National Database and Registration Authority to send special mobile registration teams to remote areas to enlist residents as voters.

He said that the number of registered female voters had increased significantly due to the efforts of the PCE.

Chauhan said deprived districts of Tharparkar in Sindh saw the peak turnout of female voters in the last general elections.

Legislation would be passed to further increase women’s participation in the electoral process. He said that the ECP will do its utmost to ensure a peaceful and transparent conduct of the local elections in Sindh.