ISLAMABAD: The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to declare the result of Union Council Darora, Tehsil Upper Dir, by-elections, held on Thursday, December 21, null and void as women of the area were denied of their basic right to vote.
According to reports, one day before the polls, all religious and liberal political party leadership in Union Council Darora reached a verbal agreement to bar women from casting their votes.
Among 17,201 registered voters in that area, 6,813 are women. As per the agreement, no woman casted votes in elections.
NCSW strongly condemned this violation of basic women’s right in Upper Dir. “It was unfortunate that political parties from right and left school of thought agreed to stop women from casting their vote despite the fact that the result of any such election would be declared null and void under the law,” said the commission.
The NCSW demanded the leadership of all political parties that were part of this agreement to take notice of the situation and ensure strict measures against all those involved so that such practice is never repeated in the future.
The commission also urged female parliamentarians to take up the matter in Parliament as well as within the party and condemn the act at every level.
“The NCSW believes that democratic process is incomplete without women participation,” stated the commission.