Islamabad – Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Sardar Raza Khan yesterday said that ECP is committed to achieve the goal of gender equality in general elections 2018 in line with the Constitution of Pakistan, international human rights standards, conventions and treaties.
He said this after inauguration of a first-ever Gender and Disability Electoral Working Group (GDEWG) and Gender section in the ECP Library here at the Election Commission Secretariat. The purpose of the establishment of GDEWG is to enhance participation of women in the electoral process as voter, candidate, electoral administrator and observer, he added.
The CEC said that ECP encourages women to join it as employees both at the secretariat as well as field offices and for that purpose ECP is providing a better working environment to its women employees.
On the occasion, the CEC highlighted the importance of inclusion of marginalized segments of the society in the electoral process and said that ECP is committed to achieve the goal of gender equality in general elections 2018.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the women representatives of the parliamentary political parties, civil society organizations and international communities who appreciated the efforts of ECP for launching the GDEWG.
They expressed their hope that by the efforts of the Group, the women and disabled persons of the society will be enabled to participate in the electoral process and the electioneering in the country will be more inclusive in future.
They also supported the ECP by making “pledge for parity” on this platform to work towards gender mainstreaming the electoral processes.
Initially, GDEWG will be a one-year initiative which will work as a platform for gender reforms in electoral processes in 2016 wherein ECP will be working with ministry of human rights, minister of law and justice, planning and development division, UNDP, IFES, DRI, ROZAN, RSPN, Oxfam G.B, Insan Foundation, Action Aid, Care International and Aurat Foundation, said spokesman of the Commission.
This working group will also strive for the increased participation of the disabled persons of the society into the electoral process by facilitating them in their registration as voters and casting of votes during elections, he added.
By: Our Staff Reporter