PESHAWAR: Peshawar High Court on Friday disposed all petitions challenging the legitimacy of local government elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Disposing 23 petitions this year, a two-member bench comprising Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Qaiser Rashid directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to announce dates for re-election in polling stations where discrepancies were reported.
The petitions included those filed by incumbent MPA of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Zahid Durrani and other candidates not satisfied with the results and procedure through which the elections were conducted.
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PHC in its order says the ECP can fix a date for re-polling whenever it wants keeping in view the situation on grounds.
Violence and mismanagement-marred polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saw as many as nine people being killed and over 30 injured during clashes in the province.
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Further, in several areas of the province particularly from districts of Lower Dir, Swat and southern parts of the province, women were either held back by a local consensus among candidates or were not allowed to exercise their right to vote.
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