Section 144 lifted in tribal districts, ECP told

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was informed on Tuesday that Section 144 imposed in parts of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) had been lifted. During a meeting of the ECP on the upcoming Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly elections in tribal districts, Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza said complaints had been received from tribal districts about imposition of Section 144, hindering election campaigns of the candidates for the elections scheduled for July 20. At this, a representative of the KP government said that Section 144 had been lifted on the directives of the ECP. The meeting was attended, among others, by the KP’s additional chief secretary, home secretary, provincial election commissioner, representatives of security agencies and all district returning officers. The meeting was informed that the ECP…
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Khyber poll candidates issued security advisory

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LANDI KOTAL: Khyber tribal district’s police officer Mohammad Hussain on Monday issued a security advisory to all the candidates contesting elections for the three provincial assembly seats, cautioning them about urgent revision of security protocols owing to emerging threat perception in order to ensure safe and peaceful conduct of polls on July 20. It sought cooperation of the contesting candidates in intimating to the local police station a day in advance about the candidate’s own campaign-related activities and at least three days in advance about that of any main leader of a political party. The candidates were advised to restrict their movement at unpredictable timings and routes, and security guards and police protection provided to them as per rules should be utilised and sensitised time and again both for the…
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ECP declares all NA-205 polling stations sensitive

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GHOTKI - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared all poling stations of NA-205 Ghotki as sensitive for by-election to be held on July 18. According to the sources of ECP, a total of 289 polling stations and 869 polling booths would be established in the constituency, out of which 164 polling stations were declared as sensitive and 125 polling stations as extremely sensitive. The total number of registered voters in the constituency is 360,875 including 204891 male and 155835 female voters. The whole polling process would be monitored by DRO, RO, ARO, Commissioner Sukkur and DIG Sukkur besides frequent visits to various polling stations by DC Ghotki Muhammad Khalid Saleem and SSP Ghotki Farrukh Ali Lanjar to make the election transparent. NA-205 comprises Khangarh and Ghotki which was…
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Govt, opposition to approach SC to resolve issue of appointment of ECP members

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Amid deadlock to resolve the pending issue of appointment of two members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from Sindh and Balochistan, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the opposition parties have decided to approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan, sources familiar with the matter told on Tuesday. The recent political strife between the government and the opposition had resulted in missing the constitutional deadline of 45 days for the appointment of two members of the ECP as both parties have rejected each other’s proposed nominees for the vacant seats. According to the Constitution, the premier and the opposition leader forward three names to the parliamentary committee after having consensus over the matter. However, if no agreement is reached between them, they can propose three names separately for the…
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ECP takes notice of loan scheme for tribal youth

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PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday took notice of launching of “Insaf Rozgar Scheme” for youth of tribal districts by provincial government, terming it violation of election code of conduct and directed the chief minister to postpone the ceremony till completion of election process in these districts. A letter was sent to chief minister’s principal secretary by the deputy director, Naveedur Rehman, of the office of provincial election commissioner, wherein it was mentioned that the publicity/news item, which appeared in a local newspaper about distribution of interest-free loans in tribal districts, was in violation of the code of conduct issued by ECP for the provincial assembly elections in merged districts where polling would be held on July 20. However, by the time ECP took notice of the…
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ECP finalizes 39 runners to fight electoral battle in Bajaur on July 2

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BAJAUR: The Election Commission of Pakistan Thursday issued final lists of contesting candidates for three seats of provincial assembly in Bajaur district. Talking to media men here District Election Commissioner Bajaur Parvez Iqbal said that as per the final list total 39 candidates including 12 from PK-100, 15 from PK-101 and 12 from PK-102 Bajaur-III would fight the electoral battle on July 2. The official told electoral symbols have also been allotted to the final contesting candidates. He said that earlier total 87 candidates have filed their nomination papers for three seats of provincial assembly in Bajaur; however, he said that 48 candidates have later taken back their papers. According to the Election commission of Pakistan scheduled issued few days back, the first ever provincial assembly election in merged tribal…
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ECP starts process of receiving nomination papers for elections on 16 seats of KP Assembly

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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started the process of receiving nomination papers from the candidates for elections on 16 seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in tribal districts. According to the election schedule, the candidates can submit their nomination papers with the returning officers till Saturday. Scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held by 18th of this month. Appeals against decisions of the returning officers regarding acceptance or rejection of the nomination papers can be filed by May 22. The candidates can withdraw their nomination papers by 29th of this month whilst on the same day, the revised list of candidates will be published. Election symbol to the contesting candidates will be allotted on May 30. Polling will be held in the tribal districts on the second of…
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Way cleared for PA polls in ex-Fata as Senate adopts bill

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate, short of quorum, on Wednesday passed the elections (amendment) bill, removing the last legal hitch in the way of upcoming provincial assembly polls for 16 general seats in the erstwhile Fata. The bill to amend Section 20 of the Elections Act, 2017, has already been passed by the National Assembly to give a legal cover to the delimitation carried out by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) allocating one seat to the scattered frontier regions, in order to avert the disenfranchisement of these populations. The new Sub-section 2-A has been inserted into Section 20, and reads: “For the purpose of delimiting constituencies, for the general seats of the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa for tribal areas, two or more separate areas may be grouped into one constituency…
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