ISLAMABAD: July 19,In Pakistan the gender gap in registered voters has climbed to 12.72 million. Punjab accounts for a gender gap of 6.73m more than the three other provinces and the federal capital combined. The total number of registered voters have been reached up to 112.39 million
According to the voters’ statistics that the number of male and female voters across the country stood at 62.55m (55.66 per cent) and 49.83m (44.34pc), respectively. The number of transgender people on the electoral rolls comes to 2,489 (0.002pc).
The statistics shows that the total number of registered voters in Punjab is 64.35m out of which 35.54m (55.23pc) male and 28.80m (44.77pc) are female voters. Voters from the province include 1,851 transgender persons.
In Sindh, the total number of registered voters is 23.64m out of which 13.10m (55.41pc) male and 10.54m (44.58pc) are female voters. The gap between male and female voters comes to 2.56m.The number of transgender people registered as voters in the province stands at 421.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the number of registered voters is 18.95m — 10.81m (57.08pct) male and 8.13m (42.92pc) female. The gender gap stands at 2.68m. The number of transgender voters in the province is 127.
The number of registered voters in Balochistan is 4.63m out of which 2.66m (57.55pc) male and 1.9m (42.45pc) are female voters. The gender gap stands at 0.699m.
In Islamabad, the number of registered voters is 803,538 out of them 422,639 (52.60pc) male and 380,892 (47.40pc) are female voters.The federal capital has the highest proportion of women voters, compared to the four provinces. As many as seven transgender persons are enrolled as voters in the federal area.
In the 2013 general election, the gap between male and female voters was 10.99m, which jumped to 11.65m in September 2015, at the start of the local government elections.
There were 86.18m registered voters in 2013 ot of 48.59m (56.37pc) were men and 37.59m (43.62pc) were women. The figures released in September 2015 showed that the number of registered voters had gone up to 93.07m.There were 52.36m (56.26pc) male and 40.70m (43.73pc) female voters, which meant the registration of women had not kept pace with that of men.
After revision of the electoral rolls in 2016, the number reached 97.01m. the male voters were 54.59m (56.27pc) and 42.42m (43.72pc) were female voters.
The number of voters prior to the 2018 elections was 97.01m as 54.5m were male and 42.42mwere female.
After revision of the electoral rolls in September 2018, the number reached 106m. The male voters were 59.24m (55.89pc) and 46.75m (44.11pc) were female voters.
The statistics released in April 2019 showed the number of voters going up to 108m. They included 60.40m (55.80pc) male and 47.82m (44.19pc) female voters. Since then another over four million have been added to the electoral rolls.
Two districts of Punjab,Lahore and Faisalabad account for a difference of over one million in male and female voters. The gap in Lahore is over 0.600m and that in Faisalabad more than 0.470m. The 20 districts with the largest gender gaps include 17 districts in Punjab, two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one in Sindh.