BANNU: The tribesmen of Tappi on Saturday warned to boycott polls if separate polling stations were not established for their areas.
During a press conference at the Bannu Press Club, elders Malik Niaz Khan and Maulana Muhammad Noor Gul said the agency’s returning officer and political administration had established polling stations for Tappi residents in Government Postgraduate College in Miranshah and Government High School in Idak.
The tribesmen explained they would have to travel 14 kilometres to vote, adding this was not possible due to the presence of various check posts on Bannu-Miranshah Road. Malik added the Election Commission of Pakistan should establish a polling station within two kilometres of the area to facilitate tribesmen. The elders said that if a polling station was not established in the area, they would not allow their tribesmen to perform election duties or cast ballots.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2013.