Out of 327 candidates appearing in the upcoming elections in Gilgit Batistan (G-B) which is going to be held on 15 November, 2020, only 4 women are taking part in the elections.
The G-B elections are scheduled to held on coming Sunday and all the major political parties are running the campaign in various parts of G-B. This is the same number as of 2015 elections but the number of male candidates increased from 263 (in 2015) to 323 (in 2020).
Section 206 of the Elections Act, 2017, binds political parties to award 5% of their tickets on general seats to female candidates, which means at least one out of 20 tickets should be given to female candidate.
For the November 15 elections, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has given tickets to 23 candidates and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) 21 candidates each.
PPP and PTI have awarded one ticket each to female candidate each meeting the minimum criteria set by Elections Act 2017 while PMLNt, whose campaign has been run by Maryam Nawaz Sharif, has not awarded a single ticket to female candidate.
Sixteen political parties are contesting in the election with 127 candidates including three women. Out of 200 independent candidates, only one female is contesting the election on independent seat.
The G-B Legislative Assembly (GBLA) has 24 general seats and nine reserved seats (six for women and three for technocrats).
The G-B election commission will hold the third G-B Assembly elections on November 15, 2020, under the Elections Act, 2017.