PHC takes action on bar on women voters
23 August, 2013
PESHAWAR: As polling for by-elections for four NA and many provincial assembly seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa completed almost peacefully, some incidents of barring women from voting were reported in Lakki Marwat, Nowshera and Mardan districts with Peshawar High Court taking action.
The by-elections were held on NA-1 (Peshawar-1), NA-5 (Nowshera), NA-13 (Swabi), NA-27 (Lakki Marwat), PK-23 (Mardan), PK-27 (Mardan), PK-42 (Hangu) and PK-70 (Bannu).
Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Dost Muhammad Khan took suo motu notice of reports of women being prevented from voting in Nowshera, Lakki Marwat districts while reports said women could also not exercise their democratic right in PK-27 (Mardan).
Results for NA-5 (Nowshera) and NA-27 (Lakki Marwat) will be held back if maximum registered women voters did not cast in the two constituencies, the chief justice said in his order after ban on women's voting.
The chief justice ordered re-polling in all those polling stations in the two constituencies where women's voting was lesser and asked the provincial government to move against people who took the decision of barring women from voting.
Army jawans were guarding the sensitive polling stations in and outside the polling stations and arrangements looked orderly. However, Haroon Bilour of Awami National Party was captured by a TV channel's camera witnessing the beating of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf worker in NA-1 (Peshawar) constituency.
Unlike May 11 general elections, voters' turnout was low in morning and PTI workers and voters were not as active as they had been during the general elections giving the party mandate to rule the KP province for the first time.
"I voted for ANP despite the fact that I voted for PTI on May 11," said Aftab Gul.