[ View the story "How important is Pakistan's youth vote?" on Storify] How important is Pakistan's youth vote? We look at the power of social media in the upcoming election.
The Stream· Wed, May 08 2013 10:33:56
On May 11th, an estimated 40 million young Pakistanis are eligible to vote for
. This election could mark the first time in the nation's history one democratically elected government will succeed another.
Election fever hits Pakistan yayyyyy #lahore #elections #ptiNoor Rana
These elections are most unpredictable in the history of #Pakistan. Fake votes out, new votes in. High uncertainty - High expectations.Ehtisham Syed
Of the candidates running for the office of Prime Minister, three front-runners have
Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) is thought to have the best chance of
. To secure the youth vote, Sharif has
100,000 laptops to "talented" students.
Strong Support for Nawaz Sharif in Larkana. #SherAyaTariq Vaid
Imran Khan leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The party is running on a platform of building a better economic environment and is notable for their
online presence that has generated support among Pakistan's urban youth. The party's website is one of the most
in the country.
Supporters of the PTI have created the video below, declaring that Khan has already captured the youth vote. In it, Khan is shown leading one of his rallies, which have
up to 250,000 supporters in the past.
IMRAN KHAN HAS THE YOUTH VOTE [PTI WILL SWEEP THE ELECTIONS]danaad6
A third potential winner is Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader
(right), son of assassinated former PM Benazir Bhutto and current Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari.
PAKISTAN BENAZIR BHUTTO ASSASSINATION ANNIVERSARYAJstream
In order to mobilise the rural youth vote, the PPP is reported to have
many new Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs). Below, the many functions of the cards are explained:
Pakistan's national ID cards explainednmanewsdirect
Pakistani film festival
has uploaded a video urging rural voters to break from voting along more tribal and traditional lines.
DEMOCRACY - CHANGE60SFF
@abrarulhasan #Change in cities have come. #Change in villages my friend, is our duty. We have to educate and inform them. #PakistanBelal Mahmood
Due to "serious security threats" Bilawal Bhutto has
left the country
, and does not plan to be back before the elections.
For all the targeted attacks lets see. We are #ppp you can never finish us, to hell with u Jiye #BhuttoBanaris Ali
#PPP Will Not Surrender To The #Terrorists & Will Participate in Elections:Umair Solangi#Pakistan#Elections2013Umair Solangi
His decision to leave has left some questioning the PPP's chances in the upcoming election:
The end of the corrupt Bhutto era of #Pakistan politics is coming to and end as the rats leave the sinking ship IR of Pakistan.Waqar Mirza
According to recent
violence leading up to the election has been a concern among Pakistani voters with several
over the past few months.
Pakistani Taliban say they "want to end democracy" in Pakistan as elections are 'un-Islamic'. Fantastic.maxwell birch
Pervez Musharraf, who
from 1999 until 2008 returned to the country after a self-imposed 5-year exile to participate in the elections. He was barred from participating in any elections by a senior court due to
during the time of his rule. However, Musharraf still holds some support among the Pakistani electorate:
By means of NS's maxim, Pervez Musharraf has experience on his side: 9 years at the helm. If that’s what it takes, why don’t bring him back?Ayaz Amir
Led by Pakistani cleric
, some have annouced plans to boycott the upcoming election using the hashtag #VoteForNone:
Fake Degrees ,Fake Leaders,Fake Politics , Fake Election Commissions ,Fake Care Taker PM , Fake Chief Justice & Fake Change So? #VotefornoneFarakh Shahzad
Wat is da use of participating in rigged elections. The 1s which will succeed r already elected by the #Pakistan Army. #Quetta #Balochistan"Balochtiger
Others used the hashtag as a rallying cry, urging their fellow citizens to cast their vote:
#VoteForNone and you will be responsible if some crook comes to power!Fatima - NA 122
In last 65 years status quo parties has been running a constant #votefornone campaign by performance & divisive policies. Change #umustvoteAYAZ KHAN
The world suffers a lot. Not because of the voilence of bad people; but because of the silence of good people. #VotefornoneAliya Arshad
#votefornone policy is for cowards !! Ur just giving up wdout evn playing.!! Stop bein a kid n growup,use ur vote ! Leave rest to God! #ptiDr misha..!!!