RTS controversy likely to haunt ECP, Nadra for a long time

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ISLAMABAD: It was all going smoothly till 11:47pm on July 25. The results after daylong polling were pouring in with the expected pace simultaneously at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the offices of the returning officers (ROs) and the state-run Pakistan Television through the newly-developed state-of-the-art Result Transmission System (RTS), when all of a sudden, the whole process came to a standstill. As the flow of results stopped abruptly, there was confusion everywhere with no one knowing where exactly the problem was. This was the time when the political parties, which had already been crying foul over the alleged forcible expulsion of their political agents from polling stations during vote count, began expressing their suspicion over the counting process. Analysis: Perceptions of election rigging And then ECP Secretary Babar…
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Polling underway at Dadu polling station in NA-234, PS84

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Polling is underway at a polling station  for two National and Sindh assemblies constituencies  in Dadu district of Sindh where a clash between rivals had led to postponement of election    on July 25. Police and army personnel have been deployed to ensure security at the polling station 62 that has been set up in Government Girls School. There are 1226 registered women voters at the polling station. According to Geo News, Pakistan People's Party candidate Irfan Zafar had lead of more than 15000 votes while Fayaz Butt of the same party had lead of 1800 votes. Published in The News
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Presidential election could face delays

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With just over a month to go until the expiry of President Mamnoon Hussain's tenure, the Election Commission (ECP) of Pakistan expects the next presidential election to face delays. President Hussain's five-year term is set to expire on September 9. According to the Constitution, the presidential election must be held at least a month prior to the expiry of the incumbent's term, which in this case would be August 8, an ECP source told DawnNewsTV. The president is elected by an electoral college comprising members of the Senate, National Assembly and four provincial assemblies. Voting is held through a secret ballot. Ordinarily, the presidential election is held either a month after the General Election, or at least a month before the expiry of the president's tenure. However, since neither the…
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No legislators-elect have filed poll expenses with ECP so far

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Tuesday asked all the legislators-elect to submit details of their election expenses, as not a single one had so far met this legal requirement. According to the ECP spokesperson, the lawmakers-elect in the July 25 elections were directed to file the details of their poll expenses to the concerned returning officers by August 04. Otherwise, the related notification pertaining to their poll win would not be issued. Similarly, the ECP also directed women and non-Muslims, whose names were in the final list of reserved seats i.e. Form 33, to submit the expense details to returning officers by August 07. Published in The News
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ECP orders re-polling on two provincial seats

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PESHAWAR: Days after general elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has ordered re-polling in two provincial assembly constituencies. In a notification issued on Tuesday, the ECP announced holding re-elections in PK-80 (Kohat I) and PS-85 (Dadu II) in Sindh Assembly on August 2. The commission had previously ordered recounts in around 70 constituencies on July 30 after dozens of candidates approached the ECP after their pleas were dismissed by returning officers. In some cases they complained unconsolidated results. ECP orders recount in 70 constituencies It is pertinent to note that the recounts will affect the final tally of MNAs and MPAs in the race for forming the government. Once the recount process completes, results of all the constituencies are consolidated and winners submit their statements of election expenses, ECP would…
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Winning candidates asked to submit election expenses by ECP

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ISLAMABAD: All winning candidates in the recent general elections have been asked to submit their election expenses to the Returning Officers (RO) by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by August 4 for the issuance of official notification, a local media outlet reported. “The ECP had invited the attention of returned candidates to the provision of 98 of the Election Act 2017 which inter alia provides that every returned candidate shall, within 10 days from the poll of an election, submit a return of the election expenses under section 134 and the commission shall not notify in the official gazette the result of a returned candidate who fails to submit his/her return of election expenses,” read the notification released on Monday. All successful candidates must present their expenses within 10…
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ECP orders recount in over 70 constituencies

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan ordered recounting of votes in more than 70 constituencies of national and provincial assemblies during the past three days, a senior ECP official told Dawn on Monday. He said that under the law, a recount could be allowed only before consolidation of results, adding that the orders had been issued only in the cases where consolidation process had either not started or not completed. He said that in the rest of the constituencies, the consolidation process had been completed and Form-49 tabulating consolidated results, including ballot papers, had been received by the commission. The official said that under Section 95 (6) of the Elections Act, the commission might, before conclusion of the consolidation proceedings, for reasons to be recorded, direct the returning officer to…
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PTI secures lead of four million votes over PML-N

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakis­tan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), led by PM-in-waiting Imran Khan, has secured around four million more votes than its arch-rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the elections to the National Assembly, as the PTI’s vote bank has registered an over twofold increase when compared to the results of 2013 elections. As the PTI makes efforts to form a government in the Centre for the first time, the statistics released by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) show that its votes increased from 7.67 million in 2013 to 16.85 million in 2018. While the PTI rose from the second to the top position in the chart of party-wise vote bank, the case with PML-N was reverse — as it lost around two million votes in this election. The PML-N had secured…
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ECP website to display 83,000 Forms-45 by Tuesday

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will upload over 83,000 Forms-45 on its website by Tuesday for which it has asked its officials to collect documents from across Pakistan. A senior official at the Election Commission told The News that they expected to ‘put on display’ the Form-45 on the commission’s website by Tuesday. This is being seen as a bid to put at rest speculations about transparency of the electoral exercise. The Form-45, also called the statement of the count, is a document which contains candidate’s data as well as vote count. The returning officers and polling staff are supposed to stamp and thumbprint it for authenticity and record. Political parties alleged that their polling agents at polling stations were not provided with copies of Form-45 and alleged…
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Imran vows to make ‘new Pakistan’ dream a reality

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ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan on Thursday claimed victory in the general elections, even as the parties that took on his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf at the hustings pointed to the painfully slow counting of votes and said the polls had been rigged. In a 25-minute speech delivered some 22 hours after polling ended on Wednesday evening, Mr Khan said he was ready to facilitate any investigation into the charges of rigging. “First of all the election commission was not set up by the PTI, but by the PPP and PML-N jointly. And the caretaker governments were set up after due consultations,” he said. • Says he will facilitate poll rigging investigations • Unveils comprehensive reforms plan • Tells opponents to let bygones be bygones • Seeks better relations with India This week’s elections…
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