PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked the citizens from tribal districts who want to cast their vote through postal ballot to file application for this purpose.

The electoral body has fixed July 5 as last date for receipt of applications for postal ballot papers provincial assembly elections in the merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The facility of postal balloting has been provided to the government servants, members of armed forces, holders of public offices, their wives and children provided they are stationed at a place other than the place in which their constituency is situated. The facility has also been provided to police personnel and polling personal who have been deputed on polling duties. Such officials can avail the facility of postal ballot for tribal elections by July 12.

The applicants have been directed to submit their applications with the concerned returning officer of the constituency. The application must be submitted on prescribed form available from the returning officer’s office and can also be downloaded from the website of the Election Commission.

Elections on 16 general seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for merged districts were originally scheduled on July 2, but the exercise was delayed to July 20 by the Election Commission after receiving an application from the KP government in this regard. The KP government had said in the application that polls should be delayed due to security and administrative issues. The electoral body has completed arrangements for the elections in tribal dissects and election campaign is in full swing.

Meanwhile, the Awami National Party (ANP) expressed concerns over law and order situation in the merged districts and demanded the government to provide security to election candidates.

The ANP General Secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain said in a statement that attack on ANP leader in Bajaur Maulan Guldad was highly condemnable. He said the ANP knows to protect rights of the people and its candidates would contest the elections with the same spirit.

Leaders of different political parties in Bajaur tribal district have also demanded foolproof security to the candidates of tribal elections. They say the provincial government will be responsible if any untoward incident happened during elections.

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