Elders of Waziristan demand rescheduling of polls


Elders of Waziristan on Wednesday urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to reschedule elections in NA-42 in South Waziristan Agency.
In a press briefing, the elders of Waziristan, including Malik Jamal Mehsud, Malik Sher Bahadar Mehsud, Malik Bismal Khan Mehsud, Malik Ghausudding Muhsud, Malik Sher Muhammad Mehsud and Malik Javed Mehsud said that thousands of tribesmen have been deprived from exercising of their voting rights inadequate polling stations in Tank and Dera Ismail Khan. They said that there were only three polling stations for a population of 100,000 and 8,000 voters.
They said the Mehsud tribesmen have not exercised their right of franchise due to insufficient polling stations in their respective areas.
The elections were not held at the constituency in 2008 owing to operation against militants in the area.