KP people cast vote peacefully amid tight security

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar

Though marred with little incidents of violence that also claimed a precious life during brawl between the workers of rival po-litical parties, the inhabitants of Khyber Pakhtunk-hwa exercised their right of franchise to elect their representatives for 38 national assembly and 100 provincial assembly seats contested by over 2000 candidates in a peaceful atmosphere. However, the polling could not be held in PK 78 and PK 99 con-stituencies where elections were postponed by the ECP owing to martyrdom of two Potential candi-dates Barrister Haroon Bilore of ANP in Peshawar and Ikramullah Gandapur of PTI in DI Khan bomb explosions.
Against all apprehensions this time the women folk participated enthusiastically in the polling process. Though little female turned up at the polling stations in the early hours yet the polling gain momentum later. Few incidents of skirmishes among the female activists of PTI, PPP and ANP were reported at some Polling stations in Peshawar, the situation was brought under control by the men in uniform as the Army and Police personals performed their duties effectively in scorching heat. As usual lapses on part of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and district administration were witnessed at number of polling stations including improper training to the polling staff as well as discrepancies in voter lists and improper guidance for the voters specially the female. At number of female polling stations no lady police could be made available despite repeated requests by the army personals and the presiding officers.
An activist of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf was killed and two of the party activists sustained injuries dur-ing exchange of fire with the workers of Awami National Party (ANP) in PK-47 Swabi constituency. The martyred PTI activist Shah zeb had recently graduated from UET Peshawar in mechanical engi-neering.
Meanwhile, two political groups engaged in a brawl at the eve of elections in Charsadda during which, a worker was injured.
In a positive development a number of women stepped out of their homes to vote in North Waziris-tan while women cast their votes for the first time in the history of Upper Dir. Queues of women could be seen outside the polling stations in constituencies NA-5 and PK-12 where scores of women, clad in traditional Burqas came out of their houses to exer-cise their right of franchise
ECP had already warned that any area where women are stopped from or face hindrances in vot-ing, the election there could be declared invalid and person found involved in or facilitating such a deal may face up to three years in prison.

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