Only 136 apply parties for election symbols
19 March, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Some 94 registered political parties of the country have gone out of the race of the general elections 2013, as out of 230 registered political parties only 136 have applied for allotment of election symbols, according to the data available with our sources.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has invited to an important meeting today (Tuesday) the representatives of the 136 political parties who have applied for the allotment of election symbols. They will be allotted election symbols at the meeting. Meanwhile, Sindh chief election commissioner has submitted a report to the ECP and proposed, against the earlier proposal of delimitation, demarcation of the jurisdiction of the three National Assembly and eight provincial assemblies seats.
According to the official sources at the ECP, the commission had been asked to demarcate the jurisdiction of three National Assembly seats – NA 239, NA 250 and NA 254. Special arrangements have been made for the representatives of the political parties who are supposed to attend the meeting at the ECP for the allotment of elections symbols. A senior official at the ECP said that the number of registered voters in the country at the time of the last general elections was 81 million, which has risen to 85.7 million till February 27, 2013, and after addition of newly registered voters the final figure is likely to touch 87.7 million.
However, the registered voters' data of February 27, 2013, released on Monday suggests that votes of the youth ranging between the ages of 18 years to 40 years is going to decide the fate of political parties in the next general elections. Any party who is able to attract such a huge number of young voters would be able to secure goods results as well as seats, added an official.
The number of voters falling between the age of 18 to 25 years have been estimated at 16.88 million, number of voters falling in the age of over 26 years but up to 30 years of age are 12.736 million in numbers. Registered voters falling in the age bracket of over 31 years and up to 40 years have been counted at 20.139 million. The number of registered voters falling between the age of 41 years and 50 years have been recorded at 15.117 million; those between 51 to 60 years have been estimated at 10.052 million.
The registered voters between the age of 61 to 70 years are 6.326 million, those between 71 to 80 years number 2.999 million; between 81 years to 90 years the number of registered voters is 0.975 million, between 91 years to 100 years the number of registered voters is 0.1847 million. The number of registered voters aged over 100 years have been recorded at 0.0184 million.