Since many elections, the majority of voters have been middle to old age people of Pakistan – mostly coerced by the political parties and promised a better life. And we have seen who comes in and who rules and how.
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And like the voters, the candidates too have largely been from the same age group. But trends seem to be changing as we see much younger candidates appearing in the elections – though mostly descendants and sons of aging politicians.
Like the younger politicians, the vote bank is also witnessing a real change – a change for good and perhaps to usher in a new era in the politics, democracy and future of the country. As per latest figures released by the Election Commission of Pakistan, some 47 percent of the 84.3 million people registered as voters are aged under-35. Of these 16.2 million are aged between 18 and 25 years, many of whom will be voting for the first time. 1.58 million voters attained the age of 18 years between January and May this year.
The above figures amply highlight the shift of vote bank from the middle and old voters to the youth, most of who care much more for the country than their elders who readily succumb to the pressures of their area politicians and are almost coerced and forced to vote for them to show their loyalty. But perhaps the youth will have a different strategy and role in the coming elections as they have seen the promises unfulfilled and nothing done for their future not for the future of their country.
The young, frustrated voters, finding no jobs and expecting a rather bleak future, have for the first time geared up and seem to be discarding traditional politics and going for pragmatic solutions and pragmatic politicians.
Youth in any country is the power which drives a country. The Pakistani youth now has a chance of lifetime to leave a lasting impact on the future of Pakistan’s politics – it is a chance for the youth to use their vote to change and change for the very good and future of not only themselves but for Pakistan too. I see the light at the end of the tunnel: FINALLY!!