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Rise in voters, decrease in turnout seen in Feb 8 elections: Fafen

05:52 PM | 15 Feb, 2024
Rise in voters, decrease in turnout seen in Feb 8 elections: Fafen
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In Pakistan, approximately 60.6 million people cast ballots in the nation's 12th general election on February 8. This is a rise over the minimum of 54.8 million voters who cast ballots in the 2018 elections, indicating a minimum of 5.8 million more voters than in the previous year, according to the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) in its post-election analysis report.

In contrast to the overall number of voters registered, the election monitor claims that there was a decrease in voter turnout in the most recent general polls. The voter participation in the polls on February 8 was 47.6%, compared to 52.1% in 2018.

However, the growth in registered voters from 106 million in 2018 to 128.6 million in 2024 is mostly responsible for the decline in turnout. Fafen's analysis noted a noteworthy increase of 22.6 million registered voters between the elections of 2018 and 2024. 

The research said that other factors that could have negatively impacted participation were the severe winter that certain regions of the nation experienced, worries about violence and terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, and uncertainty about how the elections would be conducted. 

The study is based on an examination of Form 47, the provisional consolidated statement of results of the count, which was obtained from the Election Commission of Pakistan's official website for each of the 264 National Assembly seats (ECP). 

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saw a fall in turnout from 44% in 2018 to 39.5% in 2024; ICT had a decline from 58.3% to 54.2%; Punjab saw a decline from 56.8% to 51.6%; Sindh saw a decline from 47.2% to 43.7%; and Balochistan saw a decline from 45.3% to 42.9%. Although turnout fell by 4.5% overall.

According to the gender-disaggregated figures of polled votes, 51.6% of males and 42.6% of females cast ballots.

Based on the statistics available, there were 24.05 million female voters in 254 NA seats, but there were 34.02 million male voters in the same constituencies.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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