Civil society challenges PK-95 election result

Published May 12, 2015
Civil society activists protest in front of the Election Commission of Pakistan on Monday. — White Star
Civil society activists protest in front of the Election Commission of Pakistan on Monday. — White Star

ISLAMABAD: Civil society activists on Monday submitted a petition to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) challenging the results of the by-elections in PK-95, Lower Dir, on the grounds that women were not allowed to vote.

The petition which was initiated by human rights activist Farzana Bari, was signed by activists from various non-governmental organisations including Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

Women workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) also participated in the protest and decried the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, led by their own party, for failing to ensure the rights of women.

PTI member Fauzia Kasuri said she had expressed serious reservations about the apathy shown by her party’s provincial chapter towards the issue.

“I am participating in the protest as a women rights activist,” she said.


Women in the constituency were barred from voting


Farzana Bari said the Election Commission should not notify the results of this by-election as it was based on improper voting patterns.

“We also demand that all political parties in the province come forward to protect the rights of women and discourage restrictions against women voters,” she said.

The election in PK-95 was held on May 7, 2015 after the seat was vacated by Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq who was recently elected to the Senate. JI candidate Izazul Mulk, who was also backed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) won the by-election for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly from the constituency.

There are 127,096 registered voters in the PK-95 constituency of Lower Dir and 53,000 of the registered voters are women. However, a tribal jirga barred the women from voting at the Khazana Polling Station in Dir during the current elections. The decision by the jirga resulted in a low turnout of women across the constituency. The Election Commission is expected to announce a decision on the petition on Tuesday.

Published in Dawn, May 12th, 2015

On a mobile phone? Get the Dawn Mobile App: Apple Store | Google Play

Opinion

Justice for judges
Updated 30 Jul 2021

Justice for judges

It beggars belief that a senior high court judge is incompetent to serve in the Supreme Court.
Follow the child
30 Jul 2021

Follow the child

Observe the child and give her space to explore her own instincts.
Cost of neoliberalism
30 Jul 2021

Cost of neoliberalism

Our mental health crisis must be seen in the larger sociopolitical context.

Editorial

30 Jul 2021

Judge’s elevation

A CONTROVERSY roiling the legal fraternity for a few weeks has come to a head. It was precipitated by the Judicial...
PTI’s Sialkot win
30 Jul 2021

PTI’s Sialkot win

The PML-N’s internal duality is a particularly acute factor that is dragging down the party in electoral contests.
30 Jul 2021

Attack on Chinese

AN attack targeting two Chinese nationals in Karachi on Wednesday should put the security apparatus on alert in ...
29 Jul 2021

Saudi FM’s visit

THE Saudi-Pakistan relationship is decades old and has weathered a number of geopolitical storms. Of late, ties came...
29 Jul 2021

SBP’s high hopes

THE June spike in the current account deficit notwithstanding, the State Bank doesn’t look too worried about the...
Joy and sadness on K2
Updated 29 Jul 2021

Joy and sadness on K2

Pakistan’s mountains have a commercial value that remains untapped.