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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Polling on 16 tribal district seats of KP Assembly on July 2

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ISLAMABAD: The first-ever provincial assembly elections in the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) will be held on July 2, according to an election schedule anno­unced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday. The Returning Officer (RO) will issue a public notice on Tuesday (today) inviting nominations for the polls on 16 seats of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly. Candidates will be allowed to file their nomination papers with the RO between May 9 and May 11, while names of the nominated candidates will be published on May 12. The ECP has set May 18 as the last date for scrutiny and May 22 for filing of appeals against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers, which will be decided by the appellate tribunal by May 27. A revised…
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Consensus eludes ECP members’ appointment

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ISLAMABAD  -   The pending matter of appointing members of the Election Commission of Pakistan from Sindh and Balochistan may finally land in the Supreme Court. “The Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader could not reach a consensus and the parliamentary committee has equal strength of opposition and government, so the last option will be the Supreme Court to decide about the issue,” PML-N senior lawmaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi said this while talking to The Nation here on Wednesday. There are dim chances that the over two-month old issue is resolved at the parliamentary committee level where both government and opposition have equal strength of members, Abbasi revealed. “The members of government and opposition may not be able to finalize ECP members names due to equal strength, so the government side…
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ECP files petition in SC against LHC order

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the decision of Lahore High Court (LHC) in Samina Khawar Hayat fake degree  case. The ECP, in its petition, prayed the court to accept the ECP petition and  void the LHC decision. The petition pointed out that earlier the trial court not only gave verdict in  favour of Samina Khawar Hayat but also directed to stop the criminal  proceedings after verification of degree. The LHC also maintained the trial court order. Published in Business Recorder
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Civil Society demands concrete steps for democratic inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

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QUETTA: Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) organized a seminar here in Quetta on electoral and political rights of persons with disabilities. The stakeholders discussed in detail the issues surrounding disability and inclusion of PWDs. Mohammad Asif Provincial Coordinator CPDI started the session by recitation of Holly Quran, he welcome the participants the handed over the floor to Mr. Raja Shoaib Akbar, Senior Program Manager CPDI, he shared the status of legal structure supporting inclusion of PWDs and also discussed the legal and administrative reforms required for achieving mainstreaming of PWDs. He also stressed on the need to address the disability issues with rights and obligations approach instead of routine charity model. Organization for Special Talent (HOST), Founder of Quetta Online and a Disable activist Mr. Zia Khan, Advocate…
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NA Passes the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday passed the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019 after presentation of report on it by the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. The bill was moved in the House by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs which was passed by the House after voice voting. It is to mention that the bill was laid earlier as an Ordinance in the House and as per Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in National Assembly, an Ordinance laid before the Assembly under sub-rule (1) of rule 170 shall be deemed to be a Bill introduced in the Assembly on the day it is so laid. The amendment bill sought insertion of section 2A after sub-section 2 in section 20 of the Election 2017.  The new sub-section 2A is…
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ECP seeks major changes in legal framework governing electoral processes

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has sought significant changes in the legal framework governing electoral processes in view of enormous challenges the ECP faced during the conduct of the 2018 general elections. A detailed post-election review report on the 2018 general elections was launched on Monday at a ceremony during which ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad also answered questions of reporters. Other senior officials of the ECP were also present in the ceremony. In the report, the ECP highlights achievements made and challenges faced by it during different stages of the election, including delimitation, revision of electoral rolls, appointment of polling staff, printing of ballot papers and introduction of new technology meant for swift transmission of election results. The post-election review is part of the annual report for…
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ECP seeks govt help for Gujrat polls

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has sought the Punjab government’s assistance in holding of election for the Gujrat Municipal Corporation mayor on Wednesday. The ECP invoked Article 220 of the Constitution after receiving a report from the Gujrat deputy commissioner citing the district police officer’s information about a purported threat from the militant Islamic State (IS) group to the polling activity. While the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has 14 of the total 19 seats in the house, political pundits predict a tough contest between the PML-N and PML-Q for the mayor seat that had fallen vacant due to disqualification of PML-N’s Haji Nasir Mehmood by the apex court. Mian Pervez Akhtar Pagganwala of the PML-Q and Tahir Mahmood Maanda of the PML-N are contesting for the slot. Informed sources…
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ECP allows criminal cases against over 4,000 candidates

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ISLAMABAD: The sword of Damocles hangs over the heads of over 4,000 candidates who contested the 2018 general elections but failed to meet the legal requirement of submitting details of election expenses to the returning officers concerned even after the stipulated time frame to do so. Sources told Dawn that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has designated the district election commissioners (DECs) concerned as authorised officers to file criminal cases against all such candidates with the district and sessions judges seeking legal action for commission of an illegal practice. The sources said that the offence of illegal practice may entail the maximum penalty of up to two-year imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs100,000. He said under Section 134 of the Elections Act, a contesting candidate other than the winner…
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