Provincial elections in tribal districts to be held before May

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided in principal to conduct the elections on 16 provincial assembly seats in the tribal districts before May, 2019.

Decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the KP cabinet in Peshawar on Wednesday. During the meeting, important decisions were taken about the tribal districts. The meeting decided that five special seats will be given to the tribal districts in the KP Assembly.

It was decided that the temporary courts in the adjoining districts of the tribal districts will work for next two months after which permanent courts will be established. The permanent courts will include seven sessions and five additional sessions courts. The meeting was told that the respective deputy commissioners will select suitable sites for the establishment of courts and initially nine public prosecutors will be appointed in the tribal districts.

A committee comprising three judges was also formed during the meeting which will scrutinise the cases related to the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) and present report within 10 days.

It was also decided in principle to appoint 393 police officials in the tribal districts in the first phase, Levies force will assist the police force and the district police officer of the adjoining district will supervise the police of the adjoining tribal district.

The meeting was told that the 13 lock-ups in the tribal districts will be given the status of sub-jails for which 152 personnel will be appointed. It was also decided to establish 702 village and neighbourhood councils and 25 municipal administrations in the tribal districts. Besides that, 16 major amendments will be introduced in the Local Government Act 2013.

The cabinet decisions came two days after Chief Minister Mehmood Khan chaired an important meeting about the tribal districts at the Chief Minister House. The Monday’s meeting had decided to bring a transparent financial management system in the tribal districts and train the tribal government officials in this regard to enable them for form their own budgets.

During the briefing, it was revealed that 460 new schemes have been included in the Annual Development Programme for the tribal districts. As many as 129 small schemes will be completed by June this year. Mehmood Khan said 17,000 new vacancies will be created in the tribal districts in the first phase.