Tuesday, January 26, 2021  | 11 Jamadilakhir, 1442
Samaa TV
Facebook Twitter Youtube
HOME > Election

ECP orders release of candidates contesting elections in merged districts

Arif Wazir, Muhammad Iqbal arrested under MPO

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Jun 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
ECP orders release of candidates contesting elections in merged districts

The Election Commission ordered on Friday the release of two independent candidates contesting the elections in the merged districts. The polls have been scheduled for July 20. 

A petition was submitted on Thursday asking the electoral body to take notice of the arrest of candidates of KP-113 and KP-114. Muhammad Arif Wazir and Muhammad Iqbal Masud have been arrested under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance for a month. They have been accused of “delivering speeches and raising slogans against the security of Pakistan” and are currently in jails in Dera Ismail Khan and Haripur, the petition said.

The MPO was promulgated by the governor of West Pakistan on December 2, 1960. At that time, General Ayub Khan had imposed martial law. The controversial law has since been regularly used by different governments.

Related: Election in KP’s merged districts postponed till July 20

They were not arrested when the warrants were issued but arrested after the election schedule was announced, noted ECP Chairperson Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza.”It is a clear indication of helping the remaining candidates in the constituency and also is tantamount to pre-poll rigging,” he said.

The electoral body has ordered for their arrest warrants to be withdrawn within 24 hours.

People from 16 constituencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s merged districts will vote in the upcoming elections. A total of 1,943 polling stations have been established.

The tribal areas were merged with KP on May 31, 2018.

Follow SAMAA English on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

FaceBook WhatsApp

Tell us what you think:

Your email address will not be published.

FaceBook WhatsApp

ECP, merged districts, politics, PK-113, PK-114, pre-poll rigging, kp, tribal areas

Lahore administration demolishes part of Khokhar Palace
Rawalpindi man hit by train while ‘filming TikTok’
COVID-19 vaccine updates in Pakistan and around the world
Pak Suzuki fails to deliver Cultus, Swift over supply issues
Filthy rich: A Karachi sewer operation for a sick city
NADRA to issue succession certificates in two weeks
Watch: Rana Sanaullah makes a roaring entry to Lahore court
Traffic plan for JUI-F’s anti-Israel march in Karachi
Karachi braces for another cold wave, Siberian winds in city
New cold wave entering Karachi this week: Met dept
About Us   |   Anchor Profiles   |   Online Advertising   |   Contact Us   |   Feedback   |   Apps   |   FAQs   |   Authors   |   Comment Policy
Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Instagram   |   YouTube   |   WhatsApp