Khyber parties to devise code of conduct for polls
LANDI KOTAL, Feb 14: The administration has convened a meeting of the representatives of all major political parties and potential candidates from the two constituencies of National Assembly in Khyber Agency on Feb 18 to devise a code of conduct for the upcoming general elections.
Additional Political Agent Attaur Rehman Orakzai told journalists on Thursday that like administrative heads of districts of the country, Election Commission of Pakistan had directed all political agents in tribal areas to convene such meetings to devise a code of conduct for the general polls.
He said that purpose of convening such meetings was to pave the way for holding free, fair and peaceful elections in Fata. He said that administration would facilitate all political parties and candidates to run election campaign and pave the way for smooth polling of votes by the electorates.
Meanwhile, representatives of major political parties and tribal elders from Bara have demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to remove anomalies from the existing voters list and make arrangements for the internally displaced persons to cast their votes in the upcoming elections.
The participants of a meeting, arranged by a Bara-based political organisation Khyber Union, resolved that they would not allow anyone to sabotage the upcoming elections. They said that they would work jointly to make holding of elections in Bara possible.
The meeting was attended by Imran Afridi of ANP, Farhad Shabab of PPP, Shah Faisal of JI, Iqbal Afridi of PTI, former MPs Malik Waris Khan and Mohammad Shah and some tribal elders.
They expressed concern over anomalies in the voters list and said that many eligible voters were not included in the new list while entries of a number of them were made at wrong places with wrong addresses. The meeting urged ECP and Khyber Agency political administration to establish polling booths at Hayatabad, Ring Road in Peshawar, Pabbi and Jalozai camp for the convenience of the displaced persons of Bara during the coming elections.
The participants of the meeting alleged that some elements were trying to delay elections in Bara but they would not allow them to succeed in their nefarious designs.