Despite requests, ECP decides not to extend polling time

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday decided not to extend the polling time, despite requests from major political parties of the country, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), to extend the time for an hour. PML-N held an emergency meeting over the matter, which was attended by the party’s senior leaders, and requested the ECP to extend the polling time. “Voting is a fundamental right of every citizen and to ensure that citizens exercise their right, the ECP should extend polling time,” said Senator Mushahid Hussain. Earlier, the PML-N has sent a letter to the electoral body seeking extension in the polling time by an hour due to “voters standing in long lines in the hot and humid weather”. Requesting the ECP to extend…
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Women making history in Upper Dir as they come out to vote for first time

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UPPER DIR: Polling is currently underway across the country on Wednesday and women in Upper Dir have stepped outside to cast their votes for the first time in the area. It was reported that long queues of women were formed outside polling stations in NA-5 and PK-12 constituencies. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had earlier said that any area where women are stopped from or face hindrances in voting could face the election in its constituency becoming invalid. Furthermore, the ECP said the results of any constituency would be declared invalid should the female turnout be lower than 10 per cent. Any person found involved in or facilitating such a deal may face up to three years in prison. Earlier, two provincial chapters of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) also…
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15 points voters must keep in mind today

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ISLAMABAD: There are 15 important points that voters will have to keep in their mind while casting their vote today (Wednesday) in one of the most crucial elections of the national history. For the second time in whole electoral history of Pakistan under present system of voting, elections are being held in summer. Casting the vote as early in the morning as possible along with all the family members will be the best option. All the voters must be mentally ready to face tough weather conditions and even rain in some cities though there is no rain forecast so far. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has already explained the voting pattern through print and electronic media to the voters and political parties’ workers will also be there to guide…
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Citizens can collect CNICs till 2pm on polling day to cast votes

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ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) issued 650,000 Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) to the citizens in five days and made them eligible to cast vote in general election which are being held on Wednesday. According to the spokesperson of Nadra, the authority printed 650,000 CNICs in just five days so that the citizens could participate in electoral process in the country. “The courier company delivered 585,000 CNICs to cards centres. A total of 300,000 citizens have already received/collected their CNICs in the period of five days while 300,000 CNICs are lying at NADRAs’ centres,” he stated. Hundreds of CNICs found from Lahore drainage on eve of general elections The spokesperson said that the process of printing identity cards continued uninterrupted in the last five days, adding that the authority’s…
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70,000 security personnel to man polling stations

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PESHAWAR: More than 70,000 police and security personnel will be deployed at 12,685 polling stations across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ensure peaceful elections today (Wednesday). DIG (operations) of the provincial police Mohammad Ali Babakhel told reporters at the Central Police Office here that the police had finalised arrangements for peaceful election across the province. He said 3,174 polling stations had been declared the most sensitive and 4,539 sensitive in the province. The DIG said a central control room had been set up at the CPO, which was linked with the offices of the regional and district police officers. He said if trouble was reported at polling stations, the control room would alert the nearby police mobile for action. Mr Babakhel said the police would deploy two scanner vehicles for surveillance in…
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ECP expects record turnout of voters

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ISLAMABAD: As the nation goes to polls today (on Wednesday), the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is optimistic about a record turnout of voters. “We expect to see a record turnout of voters due to the increased level of awareness about importance of vote,” ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad said at a media briefing a day before the elections. Though he did not present the estimated turnout, his optimism meant it is expected to be greater than 55 per cent turnout of the 2013 general elections, including valid and non-valid votes. The 2013 turnout was the highest in the federal capital territory (62.29 pc), followed by Punjab (58.38 pc), Sindh (51.58 pc), Khyber Pakhtun­khwa (44.64 pc) and Balochistan (38.97 pc). Read: Nation’s tryst with destiny today The ECP secretary…
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Millions flock to polls amid tight security as voting opens for Pakistan general election

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Millions of registered voters are flocking to polling stations across the country to cast their vote in Pakistan’s 11th general election. According to DawnNewsTV, the first vote has already been cast — in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda. From left to right: Imran Khan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Shahbaz Sharif The battle is set to come down to three parties: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). While polling stations officially opened for voting at 8am, enthusiastic citizens queued up outside their respective stations as early as 7am. PML-N Chief Shahbaz Sharif was among the first people to cast his vote, according to DawnNewsTV. Speaking to the media outside the polling station in Model Town, Lahore, he requested that people come out and vote for PML-N. Election 101:…
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No poll for NA-60: Supreme Court rejects Shaikh Rashid’s plea

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday rejected Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Shaikh Rashid's plea for going ahead with the polls in NA-60 after they were deferred by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) after a special court disqualified a candidate, PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi, in the ephedrine case. The top court validated the Lahore High Court's (LHC) verdict to upheld the ECP's decision, on the basis that it is practically impossible to hold elections in NA-60 on Wednesday, July 25. According to the ECP, it would take a lot of time to print new ballot papers for the 700,000 voters residing in the constituency. Abbasi was disqualified just three days ahead of the general elections. At the time of his conviction, all preparations for the polls, including printing of…
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Pakistan election 2018: Nation set to elect 270 MNAs, 570 MPAs

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ISLAMABAD: The nation Wednesday will elect 270 members of the National Assembly and a total of 570 members of four provincial assemblies for the next five-year term (2018-2023). Around 105.95 million eligible voters - 59.22 million males and 46.73 million females - will exercise their right to vote to mark another democratic transition from one elected government to another. About 1,1673 candidates are vying for 270 national and 570 provincial seats. Elections have been postponed on two NA and six provincial seats, while one candidate has been declared winner unopposed on a provincial seat. Elections have been postponed in NA-60 owing to disqualification of PML-N candidate Hanif Abbasi. Polls have also been postponed in NA-103 over death of independent candidate Mirza Muhammad Ahmed Mughal. Election on six provincial constituencies including…
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ECP asks media to avoid airing results for one-hour after polling ends

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has directed the media to avoid airing any unofficial result for at least one hour after the voting process is over at polling stations. In its code of conduct for coverage at the polling station and announcement of results, the ECP has asked broadcasters to refrain from airing any final formal, definite election result. “The broadcasters will air only with a clear disclaimer that they are unofficial, incomplete and fractional results which should not be taken as a final result until the election commission has announced the final result,” it added. Only accredited media persons will be allowed to enter a polling station along with the camera for making footage of the voting process or counting process only for on-time. However, they cannot…
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