Traditionally, the turnout of women voters during elections in Quetta is fairly low. To counter this, Election Commission of Pakistan proposed a rule that any constituency that didn’t have at least 10% of participation from women voters would be disqualified and re-elections would take place. This proposal was shot down by the participating parties.

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In a second attempt to try to get a respectable turnout of women voters, the Election Commission of Pakistan has now started multiple campaigns where local social workers have been employed to go from door to door and try to convince women voters to come out and participate.

One such campaign is underway in Quetta right now. PakVotes field monitors spoke to a social worker in Quetta working on a UNICEF project called BEEDS. She found that the below average participation of women voters in Quetta is more than just a matter of choice. Most women don’t even have their NIC cards with them. Either they never had an ID card made, or their husbands or fathers have them. This essentially forces them out of the voting process and so, they get to have no say in the electoral process. In light of this, it remains to be seen how effective ECP’s initiatives will turn out in persuading women to vote for their rights.