KOHAT: The elders of the Darra Adamkhel tribal subdivision of Kohat have announced boycott of the local body elections over the authorities’ failure to conduct fresh census in the region.

Speaking at a protest meeting on Tuesday, elders from Jawaki, Adamkhel and Zarghunkhel tribes regretted that demarcations made in the previous exercise were inaccurate and the head count was declared in a haphazard manner.

They demanded that the census should be conducted afresh for knowing the actual number of people, and to draw clear demarcations between the areas inhabited by members of the respective tribes.

Separately, the police have asked the local body election candidates to strictly adhere to the poll code and refrain from hurting the sentiments of others during the campaign.

They made the call during a security assessment meeting held on Tuesday with the election candidates.

The local body candidates were briefed on the measures taken for holding of free and fair elections and maintaining law and order.

Published in Dawn, December 8th, 2021

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