ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday postponed the first-ever polls in the newly-merged tribal districts on allocated seats for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly till July 20 due to the law and order situation in the region.
The decision was taken by the ECP at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza and attended by KP government officials, including the provincial chief secretary, the interior secretary and representatives of Ministry of Defence and Military Operations.
The elections were postponed after the KP government wrote a letter to the ECP requesting to delay the polls for the newly-merged tribal districts, earlier scheduled for July 2.
The KP government, in the letter dated June 3, had requested the ECP to delay elections on the 21 new provincial assembly seats – 16 general and five reserved – due to security threats and post-KP-FATA merger issues.
Recently, an army check post was attacked by saboteurs in the North Waziristan.