ISLAMABAD, Jan 31: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is all set to announce the election schedule for the re-polling in seven controversial polling stations of PK-90 (Chitral II) in the first week of March.
We don’t know whether someone has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking re-election in whole PK-90. We are moving according to our own schedule, for which as I told you, we’ve received a proposal for holding the re-polling in the first week of March, ECP spokesman Khurshid Alam.The sources said that if the petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as claimed by its local leadership could have been accepted by the Supreme Court registrar office, the commission would have been informed not to announce the election date. They said that the rumours of filing a petition which was yet to see the dawn of the day despite passage of over a month is nothing but a well thought-out strategy by PTI to divert the attention of the people. The sources also claimed that PTI was still making efforts for maintainability of its petition after it was rejected by the apex court. However, it has been clear that the petition was rejected by SC registrar office or else it would have been included in cause list for the month of February. Meanwhile, election campaign has been kicked off in the seven polling stations with the two archrivals – Ghulam Muhammad and Sardar Hussain – vying to clinch the seat. The duo had started a door-to-door campaign, for which GM remained busy in Mastuj on Friday after covering rest of the polling stations right up in the mountains of Rech, Barum Zizdi and others. His rival Sardar Hussain had also visited the Rech along with other party workers. The insiders say that the position of both the candidates is quite strong but GM might steal the show as he had announced some development projects in Barum, Zizdi and other polling stations prior to the re-election. ]]>