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Women outnumber men in list of centenarian voters

ISLAMABAD: Women outnumber men in the list of Pakistani voters aged 100 years or more. According to updated statistics of the final electoral rolls 2012, exclusively available with Dawn, the number of voters with over 100 years is 3,844. Of them 1,992 are women and 1,852 men.

Most of such voters hail from different parts of Punjab with a total of 2,524 voters — 1,266 women and 1,258 men.

In Sindh, 673 voters fall in this age bracket. Of them 393 are women and 280 men. Of the 350 voters of 100-plus years in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 180 are women and 170 men. In Balochistan, the number of voters in this age bracket is 263 — 140 women and 123 men.

The Federal Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Islamabad are the two places where the number of male voters of 100-plus age is more than that of females. In the capital, 11 men and six women, and in Fata, 10 men and six women, come under this category.

Among those nearing the century (91-plus of age), the number of men voters is 99,557and women 85,151. In this category, numbers of women voters (15,327) surpass men voters (14,068) only in Sindh. The figures are followed by a close margin in Balochistan — 2,913 men and 2,419 women. In Punjab there are 70,172 men and 57,853 women voters come under this category; KP 11,179 men and 8,798 women; and Fata 504 men and 199 women.

In the category of 81-90 years of age, there are 534,207 men and 441,764 women voters with Punjab has 354,191 men and 288,207 women voters; Sindh 86,800 men and 85,982 women; KP 68,021 men and 49,812 women; Balochistan 16,185 men and 12,010 women; Fata 4,768 men and 2,397 women (widest gap); and Islamabad 4,242 men and 3,356 women.

Under the category of 71-80 years of age, the total number of voter is 2.99 million — 1.60m men and 1.39m women. In this category Punjab has one million men and 869,348 women; Sindh 294,245 men and 292,968 women; KP 212,446 men and 167,087 women; Balochistan 56,236 men and 44,081 women; Fata 20,618 men and 12,315 women; and Islamabad 11,589 men and 10,195 women.

Among the age group of 61-70 years, there are 6.32m voters — 3.32m men and 3m women. In this category Punjab has 1.95m men and 1.77m women voters; Sindh 679,815 men and 659,446 women; KP 472,778 men and 401,874 women; Balochistan 472,778 men and 401,874 women; Fata 61,403 men and 36,968 women (widest gap); and Islamabad 24,427 men and 21,296 women.

The country has 10.05m voters in the last leg of official working age (51-60 years) — 5.30m men and 4.75m women. Under this category, Punjab has 3.07m men and 2.73m women voters; 1.13m men and 1.09m women; KP 735,324 men and 640,565 women; Balochistan 196,244 men and 172,587 women; Fata 115,996 men and 70,485 women.

Under the category of 41-50 years of age, the country has 15.11m voters — 8.33m men and 6.78m women. Punjab has 4.87m men and 4.02m women voters; Sindh 1.80m men and 1.46m women; KP 1.10m men and 895,432 women; Balochistan 326,051 men and 239,351 women; Fata 166,432 men and 104,214 women; and Islamabad 55,667 men and 52,157 women.

The largest number of voters (20.13m or 23.58 per cent of total registered votes) belongs to the age group of 31-40 years. Among them Punjab has 6.29m men and 5.19m women voters; Sindh 2.52m men and 2.10m women; KP 1.51m men and 1.20m women; Balochistan 448,831 men and 322,139 women; Fata 243,006 men and 134,910 women; and Islamabad 71,334 men and 66,609 women.

In the age group of 26-30 years, there are 12.73 million voters — 7.41 men and 5.32 women.

A large number of 16.88m voters fall in the youngest voter category (18-25 years of age). The total number of voters in the age group is around 19.77 per cent of total number of votes, but it has the widest gender gap. There are 10.54m men voters in this category as compared to 6.33m women. Punjab has 5.83m men and 3.41 women voters; Sindh 2.07m men and 1.34m women; KP 1.79m men and 1.08m women; Balochistan 429,768 men and 335,573 women; Fata 335,573 men and 134,172 women; and Islamabad 69,950 men and 48,032 women.

Compared to the oldest age groups the voter ratio is highly in favour of men for the young generation in Sindh, where 2.07m men are registered as voters as compared to 1.34 million women.

Source: Dawn