ISLAMABAD - Showing concerns over the vote ban on women in PK-95 by-elections in Lower Dir, PPP has called upon the Election Commission of Pakistan to declare the bye-polls void in the areas, where women were deprived of vote right.

“It has come to the knowledge of the PPP Human Rights Cell that women were forced to stay at home during election in PK-95 in Lower Dir by an informal ban on their voting, which is unacceptable,” said PPP Human Rights Cell Central Coordinator Dr. Nafisa in a statement issued here on Saturday.

She has joined the voices of rights organizations in condemning the vote ban on women in PK-95 by-election in Lower Dir.

She said depriving women of vote violates the universality of franchise and the Constitution. It makes the entire election a farce, she said.

“Women comprise 50 per cent of the voters and if their voice is suppressed in this manner, it is the responsibility of the Election Commission to ensure that those responsible for this bar are charged and punished. Moreover, the election can no more be valid as half of the population has been left out of the voting process,” she added.



Staff Reporter from Peshawar adds: Provincial General Secretary of Awami National Party (Wali) Qasim Jan have criticized both Jamaat Islami (JI) and Awami National Party (ANP) for depriving women of their right to vote in PK-95 and asked Election Commission to intervene in this matter.

He said in a statement on Saturday that both JI and ANP are blaming each other for stopping women to cast their vote however he said that earlier both parties had agreed on barring women to visit polling stations and cast their vote.

He ruled out the statement of JI regarding house-to-house campaign for attracting women voters. He said that JI has been issuing double statements on this matter and both ANP and JI are against women participation in the election.

He said that no enrolment of women in the voter list and depriving them of their basic right is an open violation of the constitution and election rules.

He asked the Election Commission to take notice of non-participation of women in the elections and declared the elections in PK-95 as null and void.