ECP Warns of Election Negation Where Women Encounter Voting Issues.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a warning, indicating that elections could face nullification in constituencies where women encounter hindrances in voting or disruptions in the electoral process.
According to an ECP spokesperson, Section 9 of the Elections Act may be invoked, leading to the potential annulment of the entire election process if women are prevented from exercising their voting rights.
Responding swiftly to reports in certain media outlets, the ECP took action concerning allegations of scholars in the Kohistan region issuing a fatwa against women’s participation in election campaigns.
The ECP spokesperson clarified that the news was inaccurate, and a misunderstanding led to the false reports, as confirmed by the District Monitoring Officer (DRO) in Upper Kohistan.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has sternly emphasized its commitment to ensuring gender-inclusive and fair elections.
The warning comes in response to media reports suggesting a fatwa against women’s participation in election campaigns in the Kohistan region.
The ECP swiftly investigated the matter, and the District Monitoring Officer in Upper Kohistan confirmed the inaccuracy of the reports, attributing them to a misunderstanding.
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The ECP’s proactive stance, coupled with its readiness to nullify elections in constituencies where women face impediments, underscores the importance of upholding democratic principles and gender equality in the electoral process.
This approach aims to maintain the integrity of the democratic exercise and protect the voting rights of all citizens.
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