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Pakistan vows to protect voting rights for women

[JURIST] Pakistan's chief election commissioner Abdul Hameed Dogar Wednesday promised to take swift and severe action against anyone prohibiting women from accessing polls in next week's local government elections. Dogar said he would go so far as to cancel results in areas where women were barred from casting votes. The statements come after the country's North West Frontier Province [Wikipedia backgrounder] earlier in the month passed a controversial Islamic law [JURIST report] introducing a Taliban-style moral policing system that many claim will harshly restrict women's rights. Last week, the Pakistan Supreme Court rejected the law as unconstitutional [JURIST report]. AFP has more.

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