KARACHI - The speakers at a seminar Friday stressed upon measures to raise awareness on womens participation in political life and affirmative actions to ensure womens exercise of right to vote and contest in the elections. Terming the session as a dialogue on challenges and obstacles to womens right to vote was organised by Aurat Foundation in collaboration with Asia Foundation. Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Shehla Raza in her chief guest speech counted various pro-women steps including establishment of women banks, women police stations, which were taken during two terms of Benazir Bhuttos tenure. She pointed out that present PPP government of Sindh was trying to do something for women, while government also intended to fix 33 per cent job quota in each department of government for women. She further said that the great women politicians like Benazir Bhutto, Begum Nusrat and Fatima Jinnah changed the dynamism of Pakistani politics. Shehla said all eyes were on the PPP female representatives, as the party had promised to repeal the Hudood Ordinance, which according to her was anti-women law, promulgated during General Zia regime. As women parliamentarians, we all want to bring change in various laws, but we are helpless as party policy is main obstacle in solving women problems, she observed. She said irrespective of just caring to get party ticket to reach Assembly, we as women parliamentarians should continue fight for a joint cause. Sharmeela Farooqui, Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister in her speech termed feudalism and Jirga system as main hurdles for women in Sindh. She said that a huge number of women had long been deprived of their rights to get registered in the voter lists. Imtiaz Saikh-Provincial leader of PML-F and Advisor to Chief Minister of Sindh suggested that the people, who had National Identity Card, their names must be considered in the voter list. He further said that ratio of women in voter registration was far less than men. Provincial Minister for Women Development Department of Sindh Tauqir Fatima Bhutto said that irrespective of less education and rights, the participation of rural women was more in election process than posh areas of the urban. MNA Fauzia Aijaz and Heer Ismail Sooho of MQM, while sharing their views termed that the social barriers are main hurdles in getting decision making powers at local level. Provincial Election Commissioner of Sindh Sono Khan Baloch faced the rain of questions of audience as well as from legislators regarding flaws in electoral system, duplication and mistakes of names in voter lists, and rigging to change the results. He admitted the errors in voter lists and attributed the limited number of staff and low budget as main reasons behind the flaws in electoral lists. Pakistan is on 20th number in highly populated country in the world, so how it could be possible to cast votes for all the voters in a single day, he questioned and added that there is dire need to initiate voter education in the country. Provincial Election Commissioner said that the only solution for ensuring transparent and independent elections lies in continuity of the democratic system in the country. Meanwhile, MQM MPA Zareen Majeed, Elahi Bux Baloch of SPO, Shireen Aijaz Khokhar of Aurat Foundation and others also shared their views. Earlier, a research report of Aurat Foundation titled with 'Eligible but unable to vote was also launched in the programme. The report discussed the caring proposals and recommendations to remove administrative obstacles and procedural barriers in the way of womens right to vote.