Gilgit, April 30: A Jirga held a couple of days back in the Darel Valley of Diamer District has unanimously decided to not allow women voters to cast the ballot.
The Jirga was was held in the Darel Valley of Diamer District a couple of days back to discuss whether registered women voters should be allowed to vote or not. The Jirga was attended by a large number of locals, including religious scholars and candidates from all parties.
A local reporter informed that the Jirga has unanimously decided to not allow women to vote. The Jirga’s decision is likely to disenfranchise more than 12,550 female voters of the GBLA-17, Diamer 3, constituency.
A similar Jirga decision is pending in the adjacent Tangir Valley. “The decision from Tangir Valley on whether to allow women to vote or not is expected in a couple of days”, said our reporter.
Many of the locals believe that allowing women to vote is against the region’s cultural norms and also the religious teachings.
Human Rights organizations and activists have condemned the decision and asked the government to take necessary steps to ensure that women voters are allowed to exercise their legal right. Via GBVOTES.PK