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25 petitions seeking new LG elections rejected by PHC

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Friday refuted petitions seeking new local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, considering the petitions non-maintainable.

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The directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to publicize a new date for re-polling at 256 polling stations in 14 districts.

Earlier, a two-member bench of the PHC reserved judgement on 25 petitions that sought re-election at the 256 polling stations of various union councils.

In a brief procedure, the bench disproved all petitions, believing that these were non-maintainable and far from the jurisdiction of the court.

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On July 3, 2015, the same bench of the high court stayed re-election at the 256 polling stations, that was scheduled for July 5, after deferring the ECP notification.

Fresh elections at 256 polling stations on various seats for different reasons had been announced by ECP.

These taken in the intrusion of the election process, hits on polling stations, and the burglary of ballot boxes. The move to embark on re-election was taken in response to the Returning Officers’ report.

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