Elections (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 laid in National Assembly

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Friday witnessed presentation of the Elections (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, aimed at delimitation of general seats of newly allocated Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for erstwhile FATA. The Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan laid the Ordinance in the House which sought amendment in Section 20 of the Election Act, 2017. It asks for inserting new sub-section after sub-section (2) in section 20. The new section namely 2(A) will be as follows: “ For the purpose of delimiting constituencies, for the general seats of Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Tribal Areas two more separate areas may be grouped into one constituency for their elections to be held in 2019, and bye-elections related thereto and thereafter this sub-section shall stand omitted”. According to…
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Ruling coalition wins Senate by-poll in Balochistan

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QUETTA: The ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) won the by-election held on Monday on a Senate seat. Polling began at 9am and continued till 4pm without break amid tight security in and around the Balochistan Assembly. The seat had fallen vacant after Senator Azam Khan Musakhail of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) passed away last month due to heart failure. Manzoor Ahmed Kakar, who is secretary general of the BAP, was elected Senator by receiving 38 votes in the 65-member house, while Ghulam Nabi Marri, who was a joint candidate of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), bagged 23 votes. Mr Kakar was a joint candidate of the BAP, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, ANP, BNP-Awami, Hazara Demo­cratic Party and Jamhoori Watan Party. According to Provincial Election Commissioner Ghulam…
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Election to KP Assembly’s seats in tribal districts soon

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ISLAMABAD: In a move that will finally lead to the first-ever provincial assembly elections in the territories formerly known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) in the next few months, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday determined and notified the share of tribal districts in the provincial assembly’s seats. The decision was in line with Article 106 of the constitution amended through the 25th Amendment in May last year and last-minute promulgation of an ordinance to avert disenfranchisement of contiguous tribal regions. The ordinance amends Section 20 of the Elections Act, 2017, inserting a new sub-section (2A) which 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…
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HDP candidate wins by-poll in Quetta

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QUETTA: Hazara Democratic Party’s (HDP) candidate Qadir Nayel won the by-election on Monday for the Balochistan Assembly’s constituency of BP-26 (Quetta-III). According to unofficial results, Mr Nayel — who was enjoying the support of the ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) — obtained 5,272 votes against 4,257 ballots polled by his rival Maulana Wali Muhammad Turabi. Maulana Turabi of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) was the joint candidate of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), Jamaat-i-Islami, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Maulana Turabi contested for the same constituency in the general election last year, but lost to the HDPs’ secretary general, Ahmed Kohzad. However, the seat later fell vacant after the…
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By-poll to Balochistan Assembly seat today

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QUETTA: The by-election to a Balochistan Assem­bly seat will be held on Monday (today). The seat had fallen vacant after the Election Commis­sion of Pakistan disqualified Ahmed Kohzad, the secretary general of Hazara De­­mocratic Party (HDP), for being an Afghan national. Mr Kohzad was elected from PB-26 (Quetta-III) in the 2018 general elections by defeating a candidate of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F). Then opponents challenged his Pakistani citizenship. According to the Provin­cial Election Commission, 18 candidates are contesting the by-election, but the main contest is expected between Qadir Nail of the HDP, Maulana Wali Turabi of the JUI-F and Syed Mohammad Raza of the Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen. Maulana Turabi is enjoying support of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Balochistan National Party-Mengal, Jamaat-i-Islami, Pakh­­tun­khwa Milli Awami Party, and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, while the…
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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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