KP govt seeks to postpone election in merged tribal districts

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Sunday wrote a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to postpone the election in the merged tribal districts for 20 days.

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In a letter addressed to the ECP secretary, the KP government wrote, “election is the breathing life for the democratic nations and the people of newly merged districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are availing this opportunity for the first time in the constitutional history of Pakistan. 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.”

“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:

  1. Threats of terrorist activities from across the border/neighbouring Afghanistan with newly merged districts in the wake of elections.
  2. Threats to political leadership of NMDx.
  3. Post-merger issue of ex-FATA into the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  4. Fresh development in North Waziristan district.
  5. Change of command of Levies and Khassadars from DCs to DPOs.
  6. Levies and Khassadars have not yet trained to perform security duties in the absence of territorial and tribal responsibility.

Polling is scheduled to be held on 16 seats of KP Assembly in tribal districts on July 2. The first ever elections of tribal areas seek to help the tribal people resolve their issues at the provincial level.

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