LG polls in K-P: ‘End parallel result compiling system’

ECP gets reports women being barred from voting in some areas.

Our Correspondent May 30, 2015
Election Commission of Pakistan. PHOTO: ECP.GOV.PK

ISLAMABAD: The election authorities have asked the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government to abolish a parallel result compiling system it has planned for Saturday’s (today) local government (LG) polls in the province.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has expressed “serious concerns” over establishment of control room by the K-P government for consolidation of local bodies election results, a spokesman for the poll body said on Friday.

The LG polls in K-P are being held after a long gap of nearly 10 years.

He said the secretary ECP has sent a letter to chief secretary directing him to tell the provincial government not to establish any parallel control room to monitor and compile results.

The K-P government had planned to set up a control room where the presiding officers were supposed to send one copy of results from each polling station at the conclusion of balloting.

The poll supervisory body claimed that under the law the compiling of results is the sole domain of election authorities, saying it will be setting up ‘control room’ at its provincial headquarters in Peshawar for this purpose.

Jirga bars women from voting

Deputy Commissioner Nowshera, who is also district returning officer, in a letter informed the ECP that local elders in Union Council Balu have decided to debar women from casting their votes in the LG polls.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2015.


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