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32-year-olds to determine winner of next general election

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  • Second-largest age group is 42 years, with 3.836 million voters
  • Females aged 32 outnumber males of same age in KP, Balochistan
  • 42-year-old females exceed males in Punjab, Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: 32-year-olds top the list of registered voters in Pakistan with 3.8964 million out of the total 122.196 million voters aged 18-100 years and likely be a decisive factor in the next general election, ECP data shows.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s electoral rolls, the 32-year-old age bracket is followed by 42-year-old people, who comprise 3.8365 million registered voters.

Surprisingly, the number of registered 32-year-old female voters is greater than male voters of the same age in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). 

Balochistan has 92,716 male and 97,403 female voters of this age while in KP, there are 355,378 male and 407,020 female voters aged 32. 

In the capital territory, there are 13,721 male and 12,792 female voters aged 32.

However, in the two biggest provinces in terms of population, male voters dominate over female voters. 

In Punjab, there are 1,080,116 males and 1,031,607 females, and the total number of voters aged 32 is 2,111,723. While Sindh has 414,266 male voters and 391,393 female voters of this age, and their collective strength is 805,659. The number of male voters in this age group across the country is 1,956,197, and that of females is 1,940,215.

Similar to the 32-year age group, females outnumber male voters in Balochistan in the 42-year age group. The number of female voters aged 42 in Balochistan stands at 99,094, followed by 95,271 males, and their total strength is 194,365. 

However, in KP, the male-female number of voters difference is far greater in KP, which is 256,292 and 343,888, bringing their collective number to 600,180.

Punjab, too has a similar situation, where female voters aged 42 outnumber male voters. Punjab has 1,010,634 male voters aged 42 and 1,101,790 females of the same age group, taking their total strength to 2,112,424. 

However, in the federal capital, 11,282 male voters have the edge over 10,832 female voters of this age group.

Collectively, 42-year-old female voters outnumber male voters, as there are 461,859 females and 445,641 males falling in the 42-year-old aged group.

Likewise, the overall strength of male voters in this age group is 1,819,120, and female voters are 2,017,463, bringing their collective number to 3,836,583.

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36% of fresh faces make it to the National Assembly.

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Following the general elections of this year, a record 36% of new members have joined the National Assembly.

There are now 96 new legislators that have been elected to the assembly out of 265 total. In the general elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has elected the most number of fresh faces as Independents.

Of the new faces, eleven PPP and MQM members, as well as fifteen PML-N members, have become MNAs for the first time. The IPP’s Abdul Aleem Khan and Awn Chaudhry were elected to the National Assembly for the first time.

Ataullah Tarar of the Pakistan Muslim League-N, Mir Jamal Khan Raisani, the party’s youngest member, was also elected from Balochistan for the first time and made it to the lower house.

Sher Afzal Marwat, Latif Khosa, and Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, who is supported by the PTI, are some of the fresh faces. In the last parliament, Shandana Gulzar had a reserved seat; however, this time, she was elected to a general seat.

Arshad Vohra, Syed Mustafa Kamal, and Rauf Siddiqui of the MQM were also elected to the National Assembly for the first time.

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Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri’s JUI-F resignation from the Senate

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Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani received the JUI-F leader’s resignation, which he accepted.

In the National Assembly, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri will be sworn in as a member.

Following their victories in the general elections on February 8 for the Balochistan Assembly, Senators Sarfraz Bugti and Prince Umar Ahmedzai had already announced their resignations from the Senate.

Prior carer Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani received the resignation of Federal Interior Minister Bugti, which he accepted.

In a similar vein, Senator Prince Umar Ahmedzai of the Balochistan Awami Party resigned from the Senate following his election to the provincial legislature.

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NA session: The interim government addresses President Alvi’s concerns

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Details indicate that in response, the federal government informed Dr. Arif Alvi that Article 91 of the 1973 Constitution does not grant the president the “discretion or power” to adjourn the National Assembly session.

The sources quoted the federal administration and said, “Nowhere in Article 91 is it written that if the House is incomplete, the National Assembly session cannot be convened.”

It further said that Article 54 of the constitution allowed the president to adjourn the National Assembly’s “ordinary” session alone. According to the summary, the president was requested to call an extraordinary session of the National Assembly so that the newly elected members may take an oath of office.

Dr. Arif Alvi was asked to reconsider his choice and call a meeting of the National Assembly by the acting federal government on February 29.

The sources quoted the federal government and stated, “It is not written anywhere in the constitution that if specific seats are not allotted, the session cannot be called.”

It further said that the National Assembly must be called within 21 days following the election in accordance with Clause 2 of Article 91 of the constitution.

The caretaker administration responded, saying, “Even if the President does not call the National Assembly session by February 29, it would still be held on the same day.”

Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf called a session of the National Assembly on Thursday, February 29th, in order to administer the oath to the newly elected Members of Congress earlier on Monday.

According to specifics, President Arif Alvi declined to call a meeting under clause 2 of Article 91 of the constitution, arguing that the lower body is still unfinished because a decision on certain reserved seats has not yet been made. Consequently, the Speaker National Assembly called the meeting.

The National Assembly’s maiden session was called by Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. The freshly elected members of the National Assembly would take the oath of office from the Speaker. During the first session, the election schedules for speaker and deputy speaker will also be released.

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