Consultation Meeting for more inclusive electoral system in the country- ECP and SUNGI Joint Efforts
SUNGI strongly believes that democracy can only prevail if we adopted inclusive approaches for excluded groups including women, Person with Special Abilities, Religious Minorities and Transgender. Equal participation in political and electoral processes can be also considered to be one of the litmus tests for women’s empowerment and gender equality. When women participate in elections – as voters, candidates, electoral administrators, or party supporters – they can express their own needs and interests. Decisions better reflect the electorate. Political processes are more inclusive. Democracy is strengthened.
In order to achieve inclusive electoral system in the country SUNGI Joined hands with District Election Commissioner in Abbottabad. Awareness meeting of District Voter Education Committee was held at the office of SUNGI Development Foundation on 19th October 2020 under the joint efforts of District Election Commission Abbottabad
and Sungi Development Foundation. District Election Commissioner Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmad lead the session. Session was attended by a large number of disadvantaged groups including women, people with disabilities, representatives of religious minorities and Transgenders. The event also provided information on the registration of votes of the deprived under the Election Act 2017 and their rights. Issues faced by Transgender and religious minorities in obtaining identity cards were discussed to which representatives of NADRA and Social Welfare gave detailed answers. The event was attended by Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmad District Election Commission Abbottabad, District Health Officer Doctor Faisal Khanzada, Zia ur Raham AD local Government, Social Welfare Officer Saira Mushtaq, Mr, Aman ullah khan Jadoon NADRA Zonal Head Abbottabad, Mis Amina Sardar ex MPA, Elizbath James & Dildar Gill religious minority representatives, Rani District President transgender, Miss Rafia Naz Directorate of curriculum and Teacher Training ABT, DEO Education rep, Rab Nawaz Khan, District Youth Officer Miss. Bushar Masroor. At the ceremony, DVEC past performance was reviewed and a comprehensive planning for future strategy was worked out in consultation, with all members assuring their full cooperation in this regard.