BAP retains Kech seat in by-election

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QUETTA: The Balochistan Awami Party’s (BAP) candidate won by-election on PB-47 (Keck-3), Returning Officer Abdul Wahid Baloch announced on Friday. According to unofficial results released by the provincial election commissioner, winning candidate Lala Rasheed received 7,088 votes while retired Major Jameel Ahmed Dashti of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal came on second position with 5,758 votes. The Balochistan Assembly seat had fallen vacant after the Election Commission of Pakistan had disqualified Mir Rauf Rind, the winning candidate from the constituency in July 25 general elections, for his dual nationality. His opponents had challenged his election on the ground of his dual nationality. National Party candidate Fida Hussain came on third position with 3,055 votes. Barkat Ali, an independent candidate, received only 925 votes. According to the ECP, 17,422 out of total…
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By-election on PB-47 in Kech district today

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GWADAR: Amid tight security, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has completed all arrangements for holding the by-election on Balochistan Assembly’s seat PB-47 in Kech district, which will be held on Thursday (today). The seat had fallen vacant after the ECP declared the result of July 25 election null and void after opponents challenged election of winner Mir Rauf Rind of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), who is a dual national. An official of ECP Balochistan said that the election material had been distributed to the staff in Kech district. “Election material to Dasht and Mand areas was distributed on Tuesday while ballot papers, boxes and other material for city areas have been dispatched,” the official said. More than 56,472 registered voters —31,417 male and 25,055 female — will cast…
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Around 15m voters may be registered at permanent addresses

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ISLAMABAD: In a controversial move, around 15 million voters enrolled in areas other than their addresses on computerized national identity cards (CNICs) will be shifted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to their permanent addresses, if they fail to decide where they want to be registered as voters by the deadline of Dec 31. “A decision in principle has been taken to register all voters enrolled on a ‘third address’ on the permanent addresses mentioned on their CNICs after the expiry of the deadline”, a senior ECP official told Dawn on Saturday. He said under Section 27 of the Elections Act, a person shall be deemed to be resident of an electoral area if his temporary or permanent address on their CNIC issued by the National Database and Registration…
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Expatriates still not enthused about I-voting

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ISLAMABAD: The continuing tepid response from overseas Pakistanis to the internet-voting facility has raised questions whether the grant of voting rights was a demand of the expatriates after all. Informed sources told Dawn that out of total 4,677 Pakistanis from Lahore’s PP-168 settled in dozens of countries across the globe, only three individuals — one each from Germany, Spain and the United Arab Emirates — chose to get themselves registered to vote in the by-election in the constituency scheduled for Dec 13. This means only 0.06 per cent of them opted for registration and it is not certain if they will be voting. The voters from the constituency had been given 15 days for online registration. The Punjab Assembly seat from PP-168 had been vacated by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz stalwart…
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Dec 31 is last date for getting addresses changed in voter list

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KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set Dec 31 as last date for getting addresses in the voter list changed. Any voter who wants registration of his vote on his temporary address or to get it changed from his temporary to permanent address could avail the facility by the deadline. According to the ECP, if the intending voter does not get his address corrected, his vote would be registered automatically on his permanent address. Published in Dawn
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PTI bags both seats in Senate by-poll

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LAHORE: In a close contest, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf managed to win two seats in the Senate by-election held in the Punjab Assembly on Thursday. PTI’s Waleed Iqbal defeated PML-N’s Saud Majeed, former MNA and senator, on a general seat with a margin of 10 votes. Mr Iqbal polled 184 votes while Mr Majeed managed to secure 176. Similarly, PTI’s Seemi Ezdi with 183 votes defeated PML-N’s former federal minister Saira Afzal Tarar who polled 175 votes. Ms Ezdi is the sister of former PTI secretary general Jahangir Tareen. Seven votes for general seat and nine for women’s reserved seat were rejected.  The PTI had a claimed strength of 194 votes with the support of coalition partners and independents but Mr Iqbal and Ms Ezdi got 184 and 183 votes,…
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PML-N wins AJK by-election

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MUZAFFARABAD: The ruling PML-N party clinched victory in a by-election held on Sunday in the Poonch district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The seat fell vacant after the death of Khan Bahadar Khan, senior adviser to the AJK prime minister on Aug 27. Though there were nine candidates in the fray, the real contest was between Sardar Amir Altaf of the PML-N and Sardar Ghulam Sadiq of the PPP. According to unofficial results announced late on Sunday night, Mr Altaf, who is the grandson of the late lawmaker, secured 20,874 votes against 14,731 clinched by Mr Sadiq. Kashan Masood of the Muslim Conference bagged 3,283 votes while PTI candidate Sardar Sawar Khan secured 3,231 votes. Though Mr Khan is a senior political activist, he was considered to be a novice…
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PTI leads in Karachi by-polls, loses Peshawar seat

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KARACHI/PESHAWAR: In another setback to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf after the last week by-polls, the ruling party in Sunday’s by-polls lost a Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa Assembly seat in Peshawar though its candidates were leading on both the National and Sindh Assembly seats in Karachi as counting was under way till late hours. The three seats, KP-71, PS-111, and NA-247, were vacated by PTI leaders Shah Farman, Imran Ismael and Arif Alvi who were appointed on the key positions of KP and Sindh governors and President, respectively, after the July 25 general elections. According to unofficial results, ANP candidate Salahuddin won KP-71 seat by defeating his rival Zulfiqar Ahmed, a brother of KP governor, in Peshawar. Mr Salahuddin received 11,224 votes against the runner-up who secured 9,755 votes. This was the second Peshawar…
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ECP issues notifications of 22 by-poll winners

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued notifications of 22 candidates who had won the Oct 14 by-elections held on 35 seats of national and provincial assemblies. A spokesman for the ECP said the notifications of the remaining 13 successful candidates had been withheld as they had so far not submitted the details of election expenses as required under the law. The by-elections had been held on 11 national and 24 provincial assembly seats. Most of the seats had been vacated by those elected on more than one seat in the July 25 general elections, including Prime Minister Imran Khan who had won elections from all the five National Assembly constituencies he had contested. The by-elections were held on eight NA seats from Punjab and one each…
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Each overseas vote cost exchequer Rs15,000 in by-polls

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ISLAMABAD: Each vote cast by overseas Pakistanis in Sunday’s by-elections cost the national exchequer over Rs15,000, informed sources told Dawn. An Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) official said that an amount of Rs95 million was incurred on the exercise to allow the overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes through the internet-voting system. He said the major chunk was spent on development of i-voting software, adding that other procedural expenses were negligible. He said that out of 7,364 registered overseas voters, only 6,233 cast their votes, with the cost of each vote exceeding Rs15,000. The ECP had allowed the overseas Pakistanis to vote through internet as a pilot project on the directives of the Supreme Court and declared that the votes would not be included in the count if some controversy…
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