There are 18,000 registered voters in the area and women constitute 7500 votes. An independent candidate from the provincial seat was also reportedly a member of the panchayat which ruled to defranchise women, Geo TV reported today. Meanwhile, elders at four Bhera villages in Sargodha have also taken similar decisions. These villages fall within the national assembly constituency NA-64 and provincial assembly constituency PP-28, where 4,479 women voters have been deprived of their right to vote.
Polling for the general elections began this morning amid unprecedented security across the country.