A 5 member bench of Election Commission of Pakistan presided by Commissioner Justice (Retd) Sardar Raza rejected review petition about FATA polls to be held at once.
The Petition calling for the provincial assembly polls in the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) be staged at the same time, as the General Election 2018. The verdict on the petition seeking review of the electoral body’s previous verdict on the matter.
Barrister Farogh Naseem, argued representing three petitioners in the case, that two more months were required to carry out delimitation in previous FATA to hold elections on provincial assembly seats there.
He further added, If the elections are delayed by two months it would not make any difference. And that the polls should be held in erstwhile FATA on the same date as in the rest of the country.
Review was filed by the Muttahida Qabail Party, members of which demonstration and demanding polls be held at same time all across country including FATA.
The bench then reserved its judgment on the plea and announced the verdict shortly afterwards. In addition, the Commission ordered registration of First Information Report (FIR) against filers of false petitions, and directed the Director-General Law to register a complaint on behalf of the Commission.