Pakistan approves 5% quota for women in elections

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani cabinet Tuesday (February 7) approved a 5% quota for female candidates from all political parties, Geo News reported.

The government called for having women cast at least 10% of the votes in any constituency, Federal Minister Zahid Hamid said. Any proven suppression of female voting in a constituency will lead to voiding of election results in that constituency under the new policy.

Other plans for election reform include more facilities for voters and candidates, Federal Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said.

Officials plan to install surveillance cameras at polling stations in sensitive locations.

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