Ladies residents of two villages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla district have been disadvantaged of their proper to vote in by-elections on Wednesday.
By-elections had been held in KP on Wednesday to fill forty three vacant seats in forty village/neighbourhood councils in 14 districts throughout the province. The seats had fallen vacant after elected councillors moved to authorities jobs.
Sources knowledgeable DawnNews that native notables and the candidates for 2 village councils, Koz Kana and Sangrai, had unanimously agreed that ladies wouldn’t be allowed to forged their votes.
No ladies turned as much as vote on the 14 polling stations within the two villages, DawnNews learnt.
When contacted, District Election Officer (DEO) Sardar Stated ur Rehman confirmed that the ban was imposed by locals “based on their tradition”.
He claimed that the ban was imposed regardless of efforts by the Election Fee of Pakistan to create consciousness amongst locals relating to ladies’s rights.
“Sadly, [the locals] weren’t prepared,” Rehman added.
The DEO stated 35 individuals, together with lady, have been deployed as employees at polling stations on Wednesday. 60 police personnel have been additionally deployed at every station for safety functions.
Rehman stated 5 candidates had contested the by-elections: Gul Kamal, Liaqat Ali and Anwar Zada contested for the Koz Kana village council, whereas Muhammad Room and Fazal Qadar contested for the election in Sangrai.
When requested concerning the restriction on feminine voters, one of many candidates contesting the by-election stated that ladies have been prohibited to vote in line with an “previous custom.”
He additionally expressed reservations about an ECP plan to mix female and male polling stations.
Complete registered voters in Koz Kana numbered 6,643. Amongst them, three,652 have been male and a couple of,991 feminine.
Equally, 1,507 voters are registered in Sangrai, of which 862 have been male and 705 have been feminine.
Voting at males’s polling stations was carried out easily and would finish at 5pm Wednesday.
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