No women in sight on polling day in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

PESHAWAR: As polling for local body elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa continues smoothly for men, women in the province face many hurdles.

Women in very few numbers turned up to cast their votes at some polling stations while at others there were no women in sight. Though some were puzzled as to why women did not turn up, there were reports from some polling stations of women being barred from voting and from others of ‘secret agreements’.

In Nara Amazai union council, Haripur, not a single woman turned up to exercise her right to select a leader of her choice.

 “In all seven polling stations of Nara Amazai union council not a single woman could use her voting right,” a candidate for the district council requesting anonymity told The Express Tribune.

Reportedly the women were barred from voting under a secret agreement between the candidates who did not want to allow their women to use their right to franchise.

“Although there is no written agreement, some elders have decided to follow the previous practice of not allowing women voters,” he added.

Further, he said although candidates called their relatives from distant areas as far as Karachi whose permanent are registered in K-P, yet women voters who number in more than 3,000 have not yet been allowed to visit polling stations.

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