Number of registered voters in Pakistan surges by 21 million in four-year span

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Data released by the Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday reveals a substantial increase in the registered voter population in Pakistan over the course of four years. In 2018, the country boasted nearly 106 million registered voters, but as of July 25 this year, that figure has surged to approximately 127 million.

Gender-wise, the statistics demonstrate a rise in female voters from 46.7 million in 2018 to 58.5 million, constituting roughly 46% of the overall registered voter base. In contrast, male voters make up 54%, totaling 68.5 million voters.

An age-wise analysis of the data showcases that the youth, aged between 18 and 35, account for approximately 57.1 million voters, representing 45% of eligible voters, up from 43.8% in the 2018 elections. The elderly, aged 56 and above, who possess extensive experience in the country’s politics, make up nearly 24 million voters or 18.9% of the total registered voter count.

Breaking down the data by district, Punjab residents constitute the largest portion of eligible voters, with 72.3 million or 56.9% of all voters. Sindh ranks second, contributing 26.6 million voters, which is 21% of the total.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, now encompassing the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas, closely follows with almost 21.7 million potential voters, amounting to nearly 17.1% of the voter count. Balochistan residents represent 4.2% of all voters at 5.3 million, while Islamabad has just over a million voters, a small fraction of the total.

This statistical data was released shortly after news emerged that the preliminary delimitation of constituencies for the upcoming polls is on track to be finalized by September 26, a timeline the Election Commission of Pakistan finds satisfactory.

The ECP had previously accelerated the delimitation process, aiming to conclude it on November 30, rather than the originally scheduled December 14. As a result, general elections may be held as early as the last week of January, according to sources within the ECP.


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