THE approaching general election is expected to be different from the previous 10 elections in many ways. One distinction is that for the first time in the electoral history of Pakistan, political parties will be bound to award party tickets to women for at least five per cent of the general seats contested by the party in each of the five assemblies. This means that we should expect a much larger number of women candidates for membership of the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies in the next election. Will this also mean a larger number of women actually getting elected on general seats? Unfortunately, this is highly unlikely.
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