The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Election Commission has taken notice of an agreement made among the local leaders baring the women voters from casting votes in some major cities of the Malakand Division.
According to details, the Commission has written to all the returning officers of Malakand Division to prevent such agreements and take action against those encouraging that practice
The Commission has said it received a letter from a female social activist named Tahira Abdullah who complained that the local leaders have decided to deprive women from their right of franchise in Swat, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Shangla, Buner, Chitral, Malakand and Bajaur districts. Tahira Abdullah further said that local elders and political leaders of these districts have signed an agreement in this connection.
The Commission in its letter asked returning officers to ensure women’s participation in general elections.
It may be recalled that in past such practices were reported specially in Dir division prompting the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the district administration to swing into action against the candidates mutually agreeing not to allow females cast their votes.