Preferences of Youth for Upcoming General Election 2018 which are going to be held in July-August most probably. Pakistan is the country where around 70% of the population is below 35 years. The share of youth in the upcoming election is very important and it will be going to decide the future government of Country. The youth of Pakistan is not only important in terms of voters but they will be running campaigns for their parties and mobilize other citizens to vote for their part.
Pakistan will be having around 100 million voters for General Election 2018, in the last election, it was 86.1 Million. The addition of 7.3 Million new voters which are youth is very important and will play a key role. In the previous election, the large number of youth came out of their homes for the first time to vote their party. This is one of the reasons that the turnout remains very high 55.02% as compared to previous elections. Nowadays the mainstream political parties are focusing on the youth, they are announcing multiple schemes and considering their issues moreover they are promising to solve their problems after winning election to gain their support and attention.
Chairman Tahreek e Insaaf Pakistan Imran Khan focused on the youth from the day first as compared to other parties. In result, he was able to gain their support in the previous election and gained 7.6 Million votes majority of his voters are young boys and girls. Majority of the youth is inspired by two main parties PTI and PML-N. In recent years it has been seen that youth is taking so much interest in Politics and social affairs of the country.
In Lahore, I personally researched and asked various people belong from Youth that which party they are going to support and vote in the upcoming general election. Out of 30 people, 13 people said they will be going to vote for PML-N, 17 were in PTI favor. Moreover, after observing various trends and analysis of regarding constituency politics we can clearly say that Youth of Pakistan is preferring Pakistan Tahreek e Insaaf and Imran Khan this time in very large number. This trend can be seen in all areas equally, we cannot say that PTI is famous and winning in all areas of Pakistan but wherever it is famous, the majority of the supporter in that particular area is our young people. Let’s take an example in some parts of Baluchistan and Rural Sindh PTI is not that much famous the supporter of Imran Khan is in very fewer numbers, but the supporters although they are in less number mostly belong from Youth.
After coming across several recent surveys, one can assume clearly that Youth is going to play the vital role and their preference is going to matter massively. Why is Youth more inspired by Pakistan Tahreek e Insaaf and Imran Khan? Why is the majority of the young population preference PTI? The answer is very simple that Imran Khan and his companions have focused on Youth from the day first after the formation of their party
Once Imran Khan said when he is asked why he lost the election of 1997 “My voters are not young enough to vote for me and my party right now” He kept focusing on youth and raised their voice. In the previous election, Imran Khan raised the slogan of change and comities that his party will be going to give tickets to new people and youth. This is one of the reasons that the majority of young generation is standing with him and preferring him on other political parties, an inspiring personality of Imran Khan is also one of the reason, undoubtedly.
Other Parties also tried to make them popular among the youth of Pakistan they became successful somehow but not that much. The areas in which youth literacy rate is high and the number of voter who is going to cast their vote for the first time it has been seen that 70% of them are preferring PTI, when asked why they are preferring PTI no other parties, they answered that they want to give chance to new political party which is not tested on national level, Imran Khan has no corruption allegation and some said that they are not satisfied with the performance of political parties who governed in previous years. This is the Reason they are more focused towards PTI and preferring Imran Khan in upcoming general election 2018.