Less than 10% female voter turnout in NA-10, NA-48


ISLAMABAD: Female voter turnout remained less than 10% in two constituencies of the National Assembly (NA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) during General Elections 2018. This low turnout may lead to the invalidation of election results from those constituencies.

According to election law, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) needs to declare results invalid and order a re-poll if the women voter turnout in a constituency is less than 10% of the total votes polled in that constituency. However, the ECP is yet to make any such declaration.

At NA-10 Shangla only 9.66 per cent of the total votes were polled by women, compared to 88.21 per cent male votes.  There were a total 374,343 registered voters in this constituency, out of which 128,302 votes were polled amounting to a turnout of 34 per cent.

At the NA-48 Tribal area, a total of 64,055 votes were polled but only 6,354 (9.92 per cent) of them were cast by women. The rest of 57,600 votes (89.92 percent) belonged to men.