RAWALPINDI - The civil society has demanded 20 per cent youth and 33 per cent women representation in local government system 2013.

Syed Kausar Abbas, Programme Manager Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDO), stated this while talking to a group of journalists here on Monday. Kausar said that the government should ensure the youth and women participation in the upcoming local government system. He demanded that at least 33 per cent representation should be given to women. He said that female population of Pakistan was around 52 per cent of the total population. The women representation could enhance the development at the local level which would benefit the local community. He said that the women should be encouraged to take part in the local government elections. Syed also demanded at least 20 per cent representation of youth in the local government system.

He said that the population of youth was about 68 per cent of the total population of Pakistan, which could be a revolutionary step towards the development by involving youth representatives at every level. He said that the government should not ignore the 68 per cent of the total population in the local government elections.