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Tribesmen demand simultaneous elections in erstwhile FATA, KP | Pakistan

Tribesmen stage an indication outdoors the workplace of the Election Commission of Pakistan in Islamabad. The ECP says elections in tribal areas can’t be held in July due to some administrative points. — Geo News

ISLAMABAD: Tribal elders and natives of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Wednesday staged a protest in Islamabad demanding simultaneous elections in tribal areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The protesters staged an indication outdoors the workplace of the Election Commission of Pakistan in the federal capital.

They demanded that elections for the provincial meeting seats needs to be performed in tribal areas on the similar time polls are held in KP.

Later, the members held talks with a committee comprising officers of the district administration and the ECP.

The ECP officers briefed the protesters on administrative affairs of the tribal belt, after which they known as off the protest.

According to the ECP, elections in tribal areas couldn’t be held in July due to some administrative points.

Last month, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly handed the KP-FATA merger invoice with two-thirds majority, after it being already authorised from the higher and decrease chambers of the Parliament.

The session held on May 27 to vote for the invoice was presided over by KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, the place Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak was additionally current.

The vote rely confirmed that 92 provincial lawmakers voted in favour of the invoice and 7 in opposition.

Last week, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa additionally re-designated the positions of political brokers with deputy commissioners (DCs) in the erstwhile FATA, in keeping with a notification issued by the Home and Tribal Affairs Department.

Similarly, the posts of extra political brokers and assistant political brokers had been additionally changed by extra deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners respectively with fast impact.

Thirty-First Amendment Act, 2018

The National Assembly and Senate had already handed the invoice titled Thirty-First Amendment Act, 2018. In the decrease home, the invoice was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk.

Two hundred and twenty-nine parliamentarians voted in favour of the constitutional modification, whereas one voted towards it. The invoice was opposed by government-allied events JUI-F and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP).

In Senate, 71 lawmakers voted in favor of the invoice whereas 5 opposed the constitutional modification.

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