Youth vote could be critical in election


ISLAMABAD, May 9,2013 (SARDAR NOKHAIZ / UPI Next) — Political analysts say the youth vote in Pakistan’s Saturday elections could be a game changer.

According to the country’s voter rolls, 47 percent of Pakistani voters are between the ages of 18 and 35.

This means that “39 million out of total 83 million voters are under 35,” Tariq Malik, chairman of Pakistan’s National Database Registration Authority told UPI Next. “The most important thing is that around 30 million of these 39 million voters were not part of the list in the last elections,” he said, adding, “Around 20 percent are between 18 to 25 years.”

Major parties are rushing to sign up youth candidates.

“They are harbingers of change,” former cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party founder Imran Khan said in an interview with UPI Next.

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