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448 women candidates contesting elections on general seats

by Imaduddin

LAHORE: As many as 147 women are contesting election 2013 in 105 National Assembly and 301 women in 203 provincial assembly constituencies on general seats.

As per data compiled by a research based organization and released by Aazar Ayaz, Executive Director TR to Media here on Monday shows that 90 women candidates are contesting elections in 66 constituencies in Punjab.

In Sindh, 37 women are in the run for 24 provincial assembly seats, 14 women for 10 KP seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, 3 women for 3 provincial assembly seats of Balochistan, 2 women for 1 Punjab Assembly seat in Islamabad, while a woman in FATA is contesting election for one FATA seat. This makes total of 147 women for 105 seats.

As many as 21 political parties have given 60 tickets to women while 87 are Independent candidates.

For the Provincial Assemblies the situation is as follows:
In Punjab, 169 women are running for 116 seats. In Sindh, 94 for 59, in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, 27 for 20 seats, in Balochistan 11 for 8 seats, making a total 301 for 203 seats.

A total of 31 political parties have given 111 tickets while 190 women are vying for election as independent candidates.
In 2008, only 195 women contested elections and now 448 women are contesting elections 2013 showing an increase of 129.8% and 153.2% over elections 2002.

Similarly, in 2008, 25 women were elected for 15 national assembly seats and ten Punjab assembly seats on general seats, out of them 18 women are contesting elections 2013 for 11 NA seats and 7 Punjab assembly seats.

In National Assembly, 5 women are contesting from more than one constituency, for Provincial Assembly seats 6 women are contesting from more than one constituency while 16 women are contesting from both National and Provincial constituencies.

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