PESHAWAR, Feb 14: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah Khan is a registered voter in Nawagai area of Bajaur tribal region, background checks on his status through the Election Commission of Pakistan voter database system has revealed.
The verification done through SMS by sending Shaukatullah Khan’s CNIC number revealed that the governor was a registered voter in his native Nawagai area of Bajaur tribal region.
According to the ECP database, Shaukatullah’s Block Code is 081060301 and serial number 424.
This contradicts his claim of having done his homework and taken care of the constitutional issue which requires a person to be registered as a voter and resident of a province to be eligible to become its governor.
The issue cropped up when two days after Shaukatullah took oath of office as the 22nd governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it was revealed that Article 101 (2) of the Constitution required the governor to be a registered voter and resident of the province.
Mr Shaukatullah has a residence in Peshawar but he is a registered voter in Bajaur and that will be a subject of a legal debate in the Peshawar High Court, where a writ petition has already been filed challenging his eligibility to become governor.