PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday delayed polls in the merged tribal districts for 18 days.
According to ECP spokesperson Altaf Khan, ECP postponed the election on the 16 seats of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly in tribal districts till July 20 after a government by the provincial government.
Polls were earlier scheduled to take place on July 2 on the 16 seats of the KP Assembly in tribal districts.
“The current unwarranted situation and threats of serious nature from across the border and some developments within newly merged districts may sabotage the whole process of holding of forthcoming elections,” said the KP government in its letter to ECP.
“It is suggested that the subject elections may be postponed due to the following reasons for twenty (20) days which is within the constitutional limit of 25th of July, 2019 for the holding the subject elections,” the letter further added the points below:
Threats of terrorist activities from across the border/neighbouring Afghanistan with newly merged districts in the wake of elections.
- Threats to political leadership of NMDx.
- Post-merger issue of ex-FATA into the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
- Fresh development in North Waziristan district.
- Change of command of Levies and Khassadars from DCs to DPOs.
- Levies and Khassadars have not yet trained to perform security duties in the absence of territorial and tribal responsibility.
The first ever elections of tribal areas seek to help the tribal people resolve their issues at the provincial level.