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.
The letter further stated that “threats of serious nature from across the border and some developments within the newly merged districts may sabotage the whole process of holding of forthcoming polls”.
Earlier the Election Commission of Pakistan on May 31, issued final list of 297 candidates for 16 general seats in erstwhile FATA. A total of 122 candidates have withdrawn their nomination papers.
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17 July, 2019