PILDAT Report Reveals 37% Youth Turnout in 2018 Elections.
Youth Power at the Polls: PILDAT Report Reveals 37% Youth Turnout in 2018 Elections
A new report by PILDAT paints a promising picture of Pakistan’s youth stepping up to vote, with 37% hitting the polls in the 2018 elections.
However, the launch event saw prominent figures raising concerns about potential threats to this progress.
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- Fairness fears: PTI Senator Ali Zafar alleges compromised free and fair elections, casting doubt on future outcomes.
- Negative Propaganda: PML-N Senator Afnanullah highlights harmful campaigns aimed at manipulating young voters.
- Representation and Access: PPP leader Farhatullah Babar underlines the need for student unions and reserved seats for youth, alongside tackling voter registration issues for women.
Calls for action:
- Equitable Playing Field: All speakers stressed the importance of a level playing field for all parties in upcoming elections.
- Strengthening Local Democracy: Local bodies were recognized as crucial to solidify the country’s democratic structure.
- Exploring Alternatives: Gallup Pakistan’s Bilal Gilani proposed experimenting with different identification methods and postal voting to boost participation.
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