Women voters allowed to vote in NA-29 after ECP takes notice

PESHAWER: Women voters have been allowed to cast their vote in Haji Banda area of Achini in the outskirts of Peshawar, NA-29 and PK-72 after the Election Commission Peshawar took notice of the issue.

Women were initially barred from casting their votes after all the candidates reached an agreement, not allowing women to vote in the polls.

A local councilor told The Express Tribune that “since the creation of Pakistan, residents of the village Haji Banda were against the idea of women participating in the polling process”.

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“They reach a consensus every time and this time is no exception,” Asif added.

He stated that the agreement is reached between elders with the consensus of candidates and their representatives

“Women voting is against the local tradition and Pakthun culture,” he stated.

“I don’t remember women polling in this village where male and female polling stations have been established and there are 875 registered votes,” he said.

Commission on the Status of Women Director programme Amina Durrani, heading a complaint cell to check the women participation in the general elections 2018, said that she had been informed about the village and she was going to personally visit the polling station.

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“We have received complaints from Nowshera, Dir Lower and Haji Banda in Peshawar and more complaints are coming,” he added, saying that she would confirm the ban once she was there.

One of the village elders, on the condition of anonymity, said that there was no ban, but women themselves were not interested in voting as per the local culture.

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