ORAKZAI: Orakzai Tribal elders have vacated their earlier order of election boycott in tribal districts and allowed candidates to submit nomination papers on Friday.
Returning Officer Farid Khattak has informed that so far 23 nominations papers have been received from the office for one Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) assembly seat from tribal district of Orakzai.
Khattak added that three candidates have submitted nomination papers.
A tribal jirga, on May 9, has announced boycott of elections until the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) provides two seats to Orakzai tribal district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly.
The jirga has warned all the political leaders and workers not to participate in the election process. They maintained that no one would be allowed to submit nomination paper for the one seat. If anyone is found violating the jirga order, said the elders, action will be taken against them under tribal customs and traditions.
The jirga members said that giving one seat to the whole Orakzai district is injustice with the people of tribal district. They maintained that the people of the district should be given representation according to their actual population.
A bill was tabled in the National Assembly on May 9 which envisages an increase in the seats of tribal districts in the National Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. The MNA from Waziristan Mohsin Dawar presented the bill for increase of seats of tribal districts which got the nod of majority of the members through voice vote.
Minister of state Ali Muhammad Khan said on the floor of the assembly that this bill is being tabled in the House with the joint efforts of the government and opposition members. If approved, the number of tribal districts’ seats in KP Assembly will increase from 16 to 20 and in the National Assembly seats will increase from six to nine.