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Pakistan fully committed to foster inclusive democratic process

Pakistan has the fifth-highest number of registered voters globally trailing India, Indonesia, the US and Brazil with
22.5 million voters.

Newsnomics AJAY ANGELINA reporter |

 

Pakistan is “fully committed to foster an inclusive democratic process, uphold the rule of law and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed in its law and Constitution,” said the foreign ministry of Pakistan.

 

In response to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the upcoming general elections, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, Pakistan’s FO Spokesperson said in her statement that “security plans as per country’s electoral process have been finalized to hold the elections on Thursday February 8.”

 

“Our judicial system provides for fair trial and due process. Domestic legal remedies are available in case of any complaints in the electoral process,” the statement added.

 

ECP, the election commission of Pakistan already has restricted

of holding any rally, corner meeting or political activity after midnight of February 6, and mentioned that legal action would be

taken against those who contravened.

 

On Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) voices ‘concern’ over the harassment, terrorist attacks and violent incidents ahead of the upcoming general elections going to be held on February 8 in all over Pakistan.

 

"We deplore all acts of violence against political parties and candidates, and urge the authorities to uphold the fundamental freedoms necessary for an inclusive and meaningful democratic process," said Liz Throssell the 

spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

Pakistan general Election 2024 is going to be much larger in scale in all aspects. It records Rs48 billion budget allocation, a high number of voters which is more than 50% of the total population.

 

February 8 polls, will be the most expensive ones in the history of the country as compared to the elections 2008. In the previous elections, 11,700 candidates participated which has now increased to nearly 18,000 - a 

jump of 53.8%.

 

This time a high number of independent candidates are taking part because the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was stripped of its iconic “bat” electoral symbol and its ticket holders were then bound to contest as independents.

 

Consequently, there are 11,785 independent candidates in the field as compared to 6,037 participants in 2018, marking a 95% increase.

 

Since 2018, Pakistan has the fifth-highest number of registered voters globally trailing India, Indonesia, the US and Brazil after a substantial increase of 22.5 million voters, including 12.5 million women, according to the latest report on the electoral rolls for the 2024 elections.

 

This unprecedented surge brings the total number of registered voters to 128,585,760 in 2024, marking a significant rise from 105,955,409 in 2018 and 86,189,828 in 2013.


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