There were multiple reasons of male-female voter deficit, including lack of access to NADRA and ECP offices and public perception that women do not need CNICs. People mostly rush to the NADRA Offices when they required NIC for some legal and other use.
Under the project “Women NIC & Voter Registration Campaign" from November 2017 to April 2020, WISE facilitated 21,240 unregistered women to get them registered with NADRA and ECP. This helped to increase the number of Women NIC Registration and contributed to enhance the number of women voters in District Nankana Sahib and finally resulted to decrease the male- female voter’s deficit.
WISE Team engaged with concerned government officials, Influential persons, political parties’ representatives, local stakeholders (such as religious leaders, leaders of local CSOs, and other local community leaders. All of them extended their full support and coordination for women to acquire NICs and register as voters.
WISE Team outreached from 05 to 50 KM far flung areas to mobilize and transport women to NADRA centers. To sensitize, mobilize and facilitate community and stakeholders for WOMEN NIC & Voter registration, following activities were carried out.
- 490 community meetings,
- 170 corner meetings,
- 26 meetings with political parties representatives,
- 115 meetings with religious leaders and local influential
- 105 meetings with the officials of ECP, NADRA, and district administration
- 530 door to door visits were made by WISE Team in all the three Tehsils of district Nankana Sahib to sensitize, mobilize and transport women to the NADRA Centers.
- 15 awareness sessions on the importance of NIC and Voter Registration were also conducted with the female students of women colleges.
- 11 Public forums
Now these women have legal certification to be called citizen of Pakistan. They are able to enjoy the facilities and services provided by the government and are much excited to exercise their right of vote in the next election.