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PHC orders to suspend LG re-elections

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court on Friday issued a notice to the election commission and ordered to suspend the local government re-elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Muhammad Zahid Durrani filed a petition in the high court regarding the suspension of local government re-polling in KP. A two-member bench comprised of Justice Irshad Qaiser and Justice Daud Khan heard that petition.

The bench ordered election commission to suspend the election until the next hearing of the case on July 14, which is adjourned by the court. A notice is also issued by the court to the election commission asking it that on what grounds are the re-elections being held.

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 In the petition it was argued by the petitioner that the results of May 30 local government polls were altered by the returning officers (ROs) and district returning officers (DROs) and thus polls were rigged and mismanaged. the re-elections will be against the law and constitution of Pakistan under these circumstances.

LG re-elections were going to hold on July 5 in 356 polling stations in the KP province. KP government had taken the decision to call out army for preventing rigging and to control law and order situation.

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