PESHAWAR, 1 June: The results of the local bodies elections in 26 polling stations in Peshawar have been declared void.

Deputy Commissioner and District Returning Officer Riaz Mehsud said the presiding officers from 26 polling stations in Urmar, Kakshal, Bala Mari, Hazar Khwani, Ghala Godam, Chori Bala, Khazana and Mashokhel had requested annulment of the polls due to rigging. The deputy commissioner said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will announce re-polling on these polling stations.

On the other hand, the ECP has formed tribunals in each district to hear rigging complaints. A retired district and sessions judge will head the tribunal. The tribunal will be bound to announce verdict on any complaint within 45 days.

Meanwhile, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), an election observer, in its report stated that large-scale mismanagement was witnessed during the local bodies polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 30 May. The report said that due to scuffles and slow voting process many people, especially women, returned from polling stations without casting their votes. It said polling of seven different votes for a single voter was also a cumbersome exercise.

The FAFEN report said polling started late at many polling stations. It added that the ECP did not arrange any training for candidates or voters before the local bodies polls in KP.

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