INITIATIVE BY GENDER AND SOCIAL INCLUSION WING

Special measures taken by ECP to enhance women’s political participation and representation are as follows:

  • Launched an NIC / Voter Registration Campaign to decrease the gender gap in the Electoral Rolls by increasing registration of women as voters. Due to these efforts ECP successfully decreased the gender gap in the Electoral Rolls from 11.8 % to 8.3% by May, 2023.
  • Management Information System (MIS) is prepared to be used for mapping activities of NIC / Voter Registration Campaign and for different activities of District Voter Education Committees (DVECs) formed at district level.
  • Harassment Committees are working effectively in ECP and Provincial Headquarters.
  • All office buildings of ECP have been made accessible to persons with disabilities by providing ramps.
  • ECP has successfully drafted Gender Mainstreaming and Social Inclusion Framework (GMSIF) after consultation with stakeholders in Punjab, Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are completed.
  • ECP has prepared and uploaded documentaries on ECP’s website in order to raise awareness among different segments of the society about voter registration, vote casting and postal ballot facility offered to persons with disabilities.
  • In order to raise awareness among rural women about the electoral process and polling day activities, ECP conducted mock polls and held a dialogue with more than 500 rural women on Rural Women’s Day held on 14th October, 2022.
  • Gender and Disability Electoral Working Group is a platform provided to Civil Society Organizations working for the rights of women, PWDs, Transgender. Meeting with CSOs are held monthly in all the provinces.
  • ECP conducts regularly gender sensitive voter information campaigns with grass root level communities
  • Ensures outreach messages through different modes including print, electronic and social media for grass root level communities
  • Ensures accessible polling stations
  • Ensures special polling arrangements (preferential voting facility without standing in lines) for women, PWDs, elderly people, women in family way and transgender
  • Gender sensitive trainings of Polling Staff, security personnel and media on ways to address gender based violence in the electoral process
  • Ensures that political parties have complied to Section 206 of Elections Act 2017 and given 5% ticket to women for direct contestation
  • Visits conducted of 2% female polling stations to confirm conducive environment for female polling staff, e.g. provision of clean drinking water, rest room, well lit rooms and corridors at the polling stations
  • Ensures conducive environment for voters from marginalized communities such as women, PWDs, TGs and people with age at the polling stations
  • Provides separate polling station or booth for women with adequate privacy measures (such as kanats at the entrances of combined polling stations to provide separate entrance to male and female voters)
  • Ensures presence of female staff at female polling stations to assist women voters and female security personnel wherever possible.
  • Dedicated complaint desk with a complaint number are dedicated to address gender concerns of women, PWDs, TGs and minorities
  • Through District Monitoring Officers and Monitoring teams ECP Monitors any signs of Gender violence or discrimination and take immediate actions as per the law incase of any violence.
  • Holds consultations with Women Parliamentary Caucuses to understand the challenges women face in their political participation and shares the initiatives taken to increase women’s participation.
  • ECP ensures strict compliance to section 9, 12, 18 (1), 19(2) & (5), 47, 48, 84(9), 91(1), 93, 104, 170, 203(4), 206 & 226 of the Election Acts 2017 have a major focus on increasing the political participation and representation of the marginalized groups including women, persons with disabilities, transgender citizens and minorities.

 

 

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