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Re-election on Lower Dir’s pk-95 on July 12 due to women barred voting

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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued the schedule for re-election in Lower Dir’s PK-95,the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly seat on Friday. Earlier, the by-election in the constituency was declared null and void after reports that women of constituency have been barred to vote by tribal jirga.

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Nomination papers can be submitted on the 14 and 15 June, final list of the constesting candidates will be showed n June 26th, according to the ECP schedule.

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Seat was vacated by Jamat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj-ul-Haq after he got elected Senator. On vacant seat, by-elections were held in the constituency on May 7, JI ticket holder Izaz-ul-Mulk claimed the seat in a close fight with Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Bahadur Khan.

The issue of women barred from voting in pk-95 was raised by human rights activists and civil society and submitted a petition to the Election Commision of Pakistan (ECP) challenging the results of the by-elections on the grounds that women were not allowed to vote. ECP took notice and declared the by-polls null and void.

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