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Gwadar: Student’s Voting Rights Violated By Municipal Committee

Mariyam Suleman Baloch

Gwadar – Municipal Committee of Gwadar has violated the voting rights of students by Selecting Student representative’s without any election.

On Friday, Municipal Committee Gwadar released a notification that declared two students named Junaid and Faisal the representatives for the students in Gwadar. While no student or student organization was taken into confidence.

Majority of the current representatives of Municipal Committee in Gwadar belong to National Party and Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI). So, it’s not a confidence that children of National Party and JUI politicians have been chosen as student representatives.

Gwadar Youth Forum (GYF), a youth welfare organization based in Gwadar has protested against this violation of merit and democratic norms in selecting student representatives. A delegation of GYF met with vice chairman of municipal committee and presented him their demands.

“Gwadar is one of the world’s unique towns where student representatives are selected by political party favoritism instead of fair election,” said a student.

According to other student organizations, there have always been elections for student representatives but this time it is a clear violation of student’s rights.

Student Organizations also highlighted the fact that representatives have always been college students and now one of the selected representatives is a school student.

Students in Gwadar demand cancellation of the aforementioned notification. However if the administration didn’t reverse the unfair decision, students will vehemently protest outside office of Municipal committee.

Staff Report

Published in The Balochistan Point on April 5, 2015

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