The ECP wants a re-election in Shangla’s PK-23 because not enough women voted

August 10, 2018

Women stand in a queue as they wait to cast their vote during Pakistan’s general election at a polling station in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. Photo: AFP

The election commission ordered a re-election on Shangla’s PK-23 seat on Friday, citing low turnout of women in the constituency.

The election regulatory body declared the results of the July 25 poll in the constituency null and void.

The turnout of women voters was less than 10% in the constituency. The Election Act, 2017 requires the election commission to declare an election null and void if the women’s turnout in the constituency is less than 10% of its total polled votes.

The ECP had stopped the issuance of the notification declaring PTI candidate Shaukat Ali victorious on Shangla’s PK-23 seat, citing a low turnout of women.

On August 7, the Election Commission heard the case regarding low turnout of women in Shangla. However, the winning candidate and the applicant did not show up at the hearing. The chief election commissioner ordered that the notification be stopped and summoned Ali on the next date of hearing. The PTI candidate had won with over 17,000 votes.