Peshawar High Court Dismisses Plea for LG Re-Poll
PESHAWAR: Peshawar High Court on Friday disposed all petitions challenging the legitimacy of local government elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Disposing 23 petitions this year, a two-member bench comprising Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Qaiser Rashid directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to announce dates for re-election in polling stations where discrepancies were reported.
The petitions included those filed by incumbent MPA of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Zahid Durrani and other candidates not satisfied with the results and procedure through which the elections were conducted.
PHC in its order says the ECP can fix a date for re-polling whenever it wants keeping in view the situation on grounds.
Violence and mismanagement-marred polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saw as many as nine people being killed and over 30 injured during clashes in the province.
Further, in several areas of the province particularly from districts of Lower Dir, Swat and southern parts of the province, women were either held back by a local consensus among candidates or were not allowed to exercise their right to vote.
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