PESHAWAR — Opposition’s Awami National Party has demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan to revisit the schedule for elections on 21 provincial assembly seats from tribal district and ensure keeping away of armed forces personnel from polling stations whereas the FATA Grand Alliance has announced boycott.

The ECP has announced that polling for 16 general seats will be held on July 2 next and nomination papers distribution and receiving has been commenced from Tuesday.

The ANP provincial Secretary General and Parliamentary leader in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Sardar Hussain Babak said that ECP without completing the process of electorate lists, polling stations etc announced the schedule. Similarly he said they would not tolerate the July 25, 2018 episode in July 2 2019 polls therefore personnel of armed forces must not be allowed inside polling stations. He, however, said they are ready to contest at any way.

Sohail Ahmad Ahmad Khan spokesman of ECP in Peshawar said that final decision regarding security arrangements on elections day rest with the ECP. Even like of past armed forces could be summoned to handle the security matters.

The FATA Grand Alliance an alliance of those tribal elders who have opposed merger of FATA announced boycott of July 2 polls.

The ruling Pakistan Tehrik Insaaf has made arrangements for sweeping the polls but the opposition parties are reluctant to give walk-over. The opposition parties like ANP, PPP, PML(N), JUI(F) and Jamaat Islami also initiated efforts to make active and alert its workers. Holding of elections for provincial assembly seats could be historical for tribesmen.

Sots ANP’s Sardar Babak, Sohail of ECP, FATA grand alliance Salah Ud Din Mohmand

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