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ECP Dismisses Plea Seeking Delay in Elections

Islamabad(June 25, 2018): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday dismissed three petitions seeking a delay in the General Election 2018.

Earlier while hearing the petitions requesting a delay in the general election scheduled for July 25, the chief election commissioner had reserved his verdict.

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However, shortly after the chief election commissioner dismissed the petitions.

During the hearing, Kamran Murtaza, the counsel of the petitioners, said, “We do not want a delay in elections but want elections to be held across the country on the same day.”“The reason for elections to be held country-wide on the same day is to ensure that nobody is neglected and that elections are not influenced by the ruling party as seen in the by-elections,” the counsel added.

Murtaza further said, “It is the constitutional right of the people of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to vote for their candidates.”

To this, the chief election commissioner remarked, “There was fresh delimitation of constituencies in FATA.”“We made one committee for the delimitation of constituencies in FATA and Islamabad.”

After hearing the arguments, the ECP dismissed all three petitions calling for a delay in the general election.

Muthaida Qabail Party Protests For Timely Elections:

Members of the Muttahida Qabail Party (MQP) held a march on Monday to demand timely election for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seats from the tribal areas in 2018, instead of a year later.

The participants marched from the National Press Club to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), demanding that polls in the tribal areas be held as part of General Election 2018.

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Vice-chairman Malik Habib Orakzai, addressing the party workers, instructed them to wait outside the ECP office until their petition is heard.

Since the tribal areas have been merged with KP, the region no more falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

Similar protests were staged in the federal capital earlier this month as well.

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