ANP demands timely elections in erstwhile FATA
ANP demands timely elections in erstwhile FATA

PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party (ANP) has demanded timely election in tribal districts of the province on Saturday.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has scheduled the election for July 2 but after the passage of the 26th constitutional amendment, there is a fear the election will be delayed for a period of six months to 1 year.

However, no announcement in this regard is made by the ECP or any other government department.

The Provincial General Secretary and parliamentary leader of Awami National Party (ANP) Sardar Hussain Babak in a statement, issued on Saturday, has said that the government should ensure timely elections in erstwhile FATA as 26th Constitutional Amendments Bill has approved from National Assembly but still pending with the Senate.

In a statement issued from Baacha Khan Markaz, he said that entire political parties and people of erstwhile FATA are confused over the holding of timely elections and feared that the government is using delaying tactics for conducting elections in merged districts.

He demanded the government to approve the 26th Amendment bill from the Senate to fulfil the desires of tribal people. He said holding of elections in erstwhile FATA is a step forward to start development in merged districts besides addressing deprivation of most neglected people of the merged districts.

The ECP has already completed receiving nomination papers for 16 KP assembly seats for tribal districts of the province. A total of 438 candidates have filed nomination papers for the upcoming provincial assembly elections in the tribal districts.

The ECP has announced that out of 438 candidates, three women have also filed papers on general seats. The women who have filed nomination papers hail from Kurram, Mohmand and Khyber tribal districts. Thirty more women have filed nomination papers for four seats specified for women and nine candidates have filed nomination papers for one minority seat during the three days specified for filing papers.