Following the request of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday (June 12) postponed polls in the merged tribal districts till July 20. Polling was scheduled to be held on 16 seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in tribal districts on July 2.
Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has sent a request to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to postpone the scheduled elections of tribal districts due to security reasons.
The provincial government has argued in the letter that the elections in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which were planned on July 2, should be postponed for 20 days due to possibility of attacks on political leadership. Citing the ‘unwarranted situation’, the letter quoted cross-border skirmishes including the recent terror attacks in North Waziristan, thereby seeking an extension under a constitutional provision of 25 days.
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