ECP orders re-election in PK-23 Shangla due to less than 10% female turnoutArchive
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday ordered a re-election in Shangla's constituency of PK-23 over low turnout of female voters.
The results of the polls in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly constituency, where Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) Shaukat Yousafzai had emerged as the winner, were declared void.
The Elections Act, 2017 requires the ECP to declare an election null and void if women’s turnout in a constituency is less than 10 per cent of its total polled votes.
Yousafzai termed the ECP verdict "cruel", saying that the commission should have ordered the re-polling of female voters only instead of declaring the whole election void.
"It is not easy to hold elections in Shangla," he claimed. "We will suffer due to the re-election in the constituency."