SC bars ECP from issuing PP-217 Multan election schedule

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Tuesday barred Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from issuing election schedule of PP-217 Multan and to submit whole record of the case. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, heard the case. The bench also said the notification of Muhammad Salman, successful candidate in general election from the said seat, would remain denotified. Rana Waqar, counsel for Shah Mahmood Qureshi, said the winning candidate was denotified over mentioning wrong date of birth in his nomination papers and appealed the apex court to summon the whole record into the matter. The counsel said the ECP verdict did not base on facts and pleaded the court to suspend it. The court rejected the plea to suspend the ECP decision on interim orders. Justice…
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ECP committed to support women’s participation in elections

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Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan has said that ECP is committed to supporting women's participation in elections. Addressing a function held in connection with International Women's Day in Islamabad, he said the commission has made a special Gender and Disability Electoral Working Group to include women and marginalized groups in the elections. The function was attended by NADRA, civil society representatives, gender experts, Academia and other concerned departments. Other speakers on the occasion lauded the ECP's commitment and efforts to help close the electoral gender gap. Published in The Nation
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ECP issues notification on 16 constituencies of erstwhile FATA

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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday issued a notification of the final report along with list of constituencies pertaining to 16 general seats allocated to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in respect of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). According to a notification, a total of 11 representations were received against preliminary publication of constituencies and the commission had fixed dates of hearings and issued notices to all concerned in this regard. The hearing process of the representations commenced on February 13, and culminated on February 21. After incorporation of ECP, the final list of constituencies has been published now in accordance with the provisions of section 21 of the Elections Act, 2017 read with rule 14 of the Election Rules, 2017. The final list of constituencies…
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Tehreek-i-Insaf wins PK-30 by-poll

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MANSEHRA: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf candidate Ahmad Hussain Shah won by-election in the PK-30, Mansehra, constituency on Tuesday. Announcing unofficial results of the by-election, the returning officer said the PTI nominee secured 46,483 votes, while the runner-up was PML-N’s Mazhar Ali Qasim with 39,945 votes. There were seven candidates, including nominees of political parties and independents, for the PK-30 seat, which had fallen vacant last year after the Supreme Court disqualified PML-N’s Mian Ziaur Rehman in a fake degree case. The Election Commission of Pakistan had set up 186 polling stations for the by-election. Addressing a jubilant crowd, Mr Shah thanked voters for electing him and said he would ensure the execution of mega development projects in Balakot. PTI MNA Salah Mohammad Khan said his party’s by-election victory had showed the people’s…
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ECP warns MNA, MPA, others against electioneering in bye-poll

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PESHAWAR: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Wednesday warned members of National Assembly, provincial assembly and local bodies against electioneering in favour of their party candidates in bye-election on provincial assembly constituency PK-30 (Balakot) According to the ECP sources, more than 30 people including the members of Mansehra district council, tehsil councils and village councils have been warned while the ECP has also taken the affidavits from the PTI Member of National Assembly Saleh Mohammad Khan, PML-N KP member of provincial assembly Sardar Mohammad Yousuf, Balakot Tehsil Nazim Syed Ibrahim Shah that they would not take part in the election campaign of any candidate during the bye-elections. The ECP code of conduct says that if any of the national, provincial assembly member and tehsil nazim found involved in election campaign they…
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ECP members from Balochistan, Sindh: PM yet to start consultation with opposition leader

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Khan on Tuesday told a National Assembly committee that the prime minister had yet to start consultation with the opposition leader for appointment of members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from Sindh and Balochistan. The minister told the National Assembly’s standing committee that the seats fell vacant following retirement of two members on Jan 26. He said the prime minister and the opposition leader in the National Assembly were to propose names after consultation. He said that in case of difference of opinion, they would propose three names each for members from both the provinces and a decision would be taken by the parliamentary committee on appointment of chief election commissioner and ECP members. He said it was his desire that the…
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ECP incomplete after two members’ retirement

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been incomplete for a week after retirement of two members and is set to suffer from intermittent vacuum. A senior official of the ECP told Dawn that it had swiftly acted to decide through a draw which two members would retire on Jan 26 to give 45 days to the government for appointment of replacements for the members from Sindh and Balochistan. He said the commission had a long list of activities for the coming months warranting immediate appointment of two members. He proposed an amendment to the relevant law to make it mandatory to start the process of appointment of chief election commissioner (CEC) and ECP members two months before their retirement date and finalise the process at least a week before creation of…
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LG polls in Balochistan, KP merged dists likely in May

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ISLAMABAD - Local body polls are likely to be held in Balochistan and recently-merged districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa before the upcoming holy month of Ramazan in May, sources said on Sunday. Sources in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that the term of local body governments in Balochistan had expired on January 27, and the ECP had started process of delimitations in the province which will be completed in March. Likewise, the ECP has already geared up the process of debilitations of constituencies in the merged districts of KP.  However, according to some independent sources, the ECP is likely to hold the local body polls in April. The ECP spokesperson was not immediately available to confirm. Sources further informed that term of local body governments in KP was also expiring soon…
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Election code violations: No legal proceedings in 14 cases filed against Layyah candidates

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LAYYAH: There has been no legal proceedings in the 14 cases lodged against candidates of different political parties and their supporters for various violations of election code of conduct so far. The Election Commission of Pakistan had issued the code of conduct for the candidates participating in the general election held in July last year. To monitor the election campaigns of the candidate and implement the code, monitoring committees headed by the deputy commissioners were established in every district of the province. For Layyah, the district monitoring committee comprising 13 members was constituted under the then deputy commissioner Rafaqat Ali Naswana. The committee had lodged 14 FIRs under various sections against the candidates for provincial and national assemblies seats in different police stations of the district. In this regard, an…
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