Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes (SELP): Women NIC and Voter Registration Campaign (WNVRC)

Beginning Date   Ending Date
October 11, 2017 October 31, 2019

Since November 2017, the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) has been implementing Women NIC and Voter Registration Campaign (WNVRC) across Pakistan in two phases through the support of UNDP’s Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes (SELP) project in Pakistan. The campaign was implemented in 80 districts during Phase-I and in 54 districts in Phase-II. Building upon its unique multi-phased approach, WNVRC has yielded significant results by identifying more than 1,050,000 unregistered women in more than 21,500 census blocks across districts, and subsequently facilitating more than 530,000 of these women in acquiring NICs at National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) service points. Whereas the ECP’s campaign has successfully contributed to facilitating the registration of more than four million women between the last two election cycles.

Although 9.12 million women were added to the Electoral Rolls between May 2013 and August 2018, the gap between male and female voters in Pakistan widened from 10.97 million in March 2013 to 12.49 million in August 2018, and is likely to increase in the coming years, risking the disenfranchisement of scores of women. In order to address the gender-gap on electoral rolls, and to maximize the registration of women prior to the local government elections anticipated in ICT and the four provinces during 2019 and 2020, the ECP intends to continue its Women’s NIC and Voter Registration Campaign. During the implementation phase, IPs will continue to work in 69 districts across four provinces where one or more National Assembly constituencies has the difference between male and female voters on electoral rolls greater than 10 percent. The proposed activities in the implementation period will focus on mobilization, listing and facilitation of women’s registration, and voter education.