Dadu by-election: Unofficial results put PPP’s candidate in the lead

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DADU: Unofficial results from the PS-86 by-election put PPP candidate in the lead while the PTI came in at number two,. According to unofficial results from 102 polling stations out of a total of 158, the PPP's Syed Saleh Shah led by securing 30,046 votes. The PTI's Imdad Ali Khan Laghari got 13,875 votes. The seat had fallen vacant after the death of PPP MPA Ghulam Shah Jillani a few months ago. In order to deal with any untoward situation, 1100 Pakistan Army and Rangers personnel and 1100 Sindh Police officials were deployed. Pakistan Army and Rangers officials were deployed both inside and outside polling stations. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had criticised the deployment of armed forces personnel during the by-elections. The PPP had written a letter as well…
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IHC suspends ECP members’ appointment

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday suspended the presidential order of ‘controversial’ appointment of two members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), as the Senate chairman and the National Assembly speaker could not resolve the issue in three weeks after the court referred the matter to parliament. On Aug 22, President Arif Alvi had appointed Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui from Sindh and Munir Ahmed Kakar from Balochistan to fill the positions that fell vacant after the departure of Abdul Ghaffar Soomro and retired Justice Shakeel Baloch from the respective provinces. However, the ECP chairman refused to administer the oath to them on the ground that the appointments were made without fulfilling the constitutional requirements. Two members of the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and Members…
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Sanjrani, Qaiser to discuss ECP members’ appointment row

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ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser will shortly meet to discuss ways and means to resolve the issue of the stalled process of appointment of Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) members from Sindh and Balochistan. They were supposed to meet on Monday (yesterday) under a proposal made by Mr Sanjrani, but it could not happen due to the sudden death of Mr Qaiser’s uncle. The meeting had been proposed by Mr Sanjrani in a letter he wrote to Qaiser on Oct 17, along with a copy of a recent judgement of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The IHC last week said that parliament should play its role to break the deadlock over the appointment of two new ECP members and decide the matter in the…
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GDA’s Abbasi wins by-election to Sindh Assembly

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LARKANA: Grand Dem­o­cratic Alliance’s (GDA) candidate Moazzam Ali Abb­asi won the by-election held for the Sindh Assembly’s constituency PS-11 (Larkana-II) on Thursday, according to unofficial results. While Mr Abbasi bagged 31,557 votes, his rival Jamil Soomro of the Pakistan Peoples Party could get 26,021 votes, according to the unofficial results received from all the 138 polling stations that were set up for the by-election. Polling was held in a peaceful environment and no untoward incident was reported anywhere in the constituency. Special security measures were put in place, including deployment of Rangers and the army in the constituency, in addition to the police. Polling began at 8am and continued till 5pm without break. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had announced the re-election after the Supreme Court unseated Mr Abbasi,…
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Vote count underway in PS-11; polling agent submits report of PPP leaders’ visits to DIG

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Voters headed to the polls for the PS-11 Larkana by-elections on Thursday while a detailed report was submitted to the deputy inspector general (DIG) for Larkana regarding PPP leaders' visits to the polling stations. Polling ended at 5pm and the counting of votes is now underway. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had announced by-elections in the PS-11 Larkana-II constituency after the de-seating of MPA Moazzam Abbasi of the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) by the Supreme Court in August. During the voting process today, PPP politicians MNA Khursheed Junejo, Burhan Chandio and Sohail Anwar Siyal visited polling stations — which the district returning officer (DRO) said was in violation of rules. The DRO submitted a detailed order to the DIG regarding their visits. Additionally, the ECP monitoring team reported their…
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IHC wants parliament to decide ECP controversy

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) in a subtle way has reminded the government that a presidential order cannot overrule constitutional provisions while violation of the Constitution is tantamount to treason. In the petitions filed against the appointment of two members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah observed that two ECP members “have not been appointed in the manner prescribed under Article 213 read with Article 218 of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973”. Subsequently, the court taking a lenient view of the matter referred the case to parliament for deciding the controversy related to the ECP members’ appointment by President Dr Arif Alvi. President Alvi, using his ‘discretionary power’, appointed Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui from Sindh and Munir Ahmed Kakar from…
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ECP to dispose of election material of ‘undisputed’ General Election 2018 constituencies

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday decided to waste the election material of General Election 2018. According to sources, the ECP has directed all regional and district-level election commissioners to comply with the orders, and dispose of ballot papers, counter files, forms of non-disputed constituencies. However, the election material will be discarded of only those constituencies whose cases were not pending in the election tribunal or courts. The move has been taken in accordance with the Election Act. Published in The Nation
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ECP submits reply in members’ appointment case

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has reiterated that the federal government’s notification with regard to appointment of provincial ECP members is illegal and against the Constitution, in a written reply submitted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Islamabad based lawyer Jahangir Khan Jadoon on August 27 challenged the appointment of the ECP Sindh and Balochistan members in the IHC and requested it to stop implementation of notification issued by Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs. According to available documents, the ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fatah Muhammad in a three-page reply has adopted the stance that appointment of these members is in violation of the Constitution’s Article 213 as the procedure defined in the Constitution was not followed. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Raza Khan had refused to take oath from both…
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ECP Impasse

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IT seems that the issue of appointing two new members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has run into a dead-end after the refusal of the chief election commissioner (CEC) to administer oath to them on grounds of unconstitutionality. Both Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui from Sindh and Balochistan’s Munir Ahmad Kakar must have returned home red-faced following the decision by retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza. At heart lies the Supreme Court 2013 ruling which forbids the president from appointing the members of the ECP including the CEC, without fulfilling certain criteria. Now according to the procedure, the new members must be appointed within 45 days after the retirement of previous members in consultation with the prime minister and the leader of the opposition. After the two leaders reach consensus, the…
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ECP announces schedule for PS-11 by-polls

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday announced holding the by-election in PS-11 Larkana constituency of Sindh Assembly on October 17. According to the schedule announced by ECP, the candidates could submit their nomination papers for the by-election from 13 to 15 September, according to the schedule. However, the list of the candidates will be displayed on September 15. Earlier in August, the Supreme Court had disqualified Member Sindh Assembly Moazam Ali elected from PS-11 constituency of Larkana. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed had ordered re-election in the provincial constituency. Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) member Moazam Ali was elected from PS-11 (Larkana-II) constituency in July 2018 general elections. The bench had disqualified Moazam Ali for failing to declare his assets and…
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