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Peshawar High Court postpones 2nd phase of KP local bodies

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PESHAWAR: The Abbottabad bench of the Peshawar High Court has ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to reschedule the second phase of the local bodies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) as of extreme weather.

The elections were to be held on March 27 in 18 districts in the second phase of local bodies poll in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. The first phase was held on December 19.

However, ruling on a petition filed by two residents of Kohistan, the PHC ordered that poll to be rescheduled for Abbottabad, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar, Kohistan Upper, Kohistan Lower, Koi Palas, Swat, Malakand, Shangla, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Chitral Upper, Kurram, Orakzai, North Waziristan and South Waziristan districts.

Most of these areas have been receiving rain and snowfall since the beginning of the winter as well as landslides have also been reported causing traffic delays, and leaving tourists stranded.

The writ petition said the areas have been affected by snow and people were finding it hard to get the groceries due to harsh weather.

It said about 60% displacement of the population takes place as areas other than towns becomes inaccessible and domestic animals can not survive because of heavy snowfall.

The PHC ordered ECP to postpone the polls in the said districts and reschedule them for after the Ramazan when the weather clears up.

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