SWAT: The delimitation of all Swat constituencies has been declared null and void by the Mingora bench of Peshawar High Court (PHC) and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been directed to review the divisions within two days.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Sanaullah Khan had filed a petition against the newly carried out delimitation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s PK-4 while Awami National Party (ANP) leader Brig Saleem did the same in NA-2 and Haider Ali in PK-6 in the court.
According to the Elections Act, 2017, the commission shall delimit constituencies after every census published. The petitioners raised an objection to the delimitation and pointed out that constituencies have been created prior to the elections on political grounds.
The PHC accepted the petitions and ordered new delimitation within two days. A copy of the verdict has been sent to the ECP in this regard.