PESHAWAR, 19 May: A number of women voters of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly constituency PK-95 have petitioned the Peshawar High Court (PHC), praying the court to declare the recently-held by-poll on the constituency as unlawful and order election on the constituency afresh.

They pleaded in their petition that after all the local political parties reached verbal agreement, women voters of the constituency were forcibly disenfranchised. To implement the agreement, the political parties not only created an atmosphere of terror in the constituency but they also launched a campaign so that women polling staff could not be appointed at polling stations.

Having espousal of three non-governmental organizations—Aurat Foundation, Strengthening Participatory Organization and Sangi—the petition has been filed by the women voters of Low Dir.

It merits a mentions here that by-poll were held May 07 as the constituency fell vacant after Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haj made it to the Senate and had to resign from the provincial legislature. Jamaat-i-Islami retained its seat in the by-election and its candidate Aizazul Haq won the by-election.

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