ECP files petition in SC against LHC order

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the decision of Lahore High Court (LHC) in Samina Khawar Hayat fake degree  case. The ECP, in its petition, prayed the court to accept the ECP petition and  void the LHC decision. The petition pointed out that earlier the trial court not only gave verdict in  favour of Samina Khawar Hayat but also directed to stop the criminal  proceedings after verification of degree. The LHC also maintained the trial court order. Published in Business Recorder
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Civil Society demands concrete steps for democratic inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

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QUETTA: Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) organized a seminar here in Quetta on electoral and political rights of persons with disabilities. The stakeholders discussed in detail the issues surrounding disability and inclusion of PWDs. Mohammad Asif Provincial Coordinator CPDI started the session by recitation of Holly Quran, he welcome the participants the handed over the floor to Mr. Raja Shoaib Akbar, Senior Program Manager CPDI, he shared the status of legal structure supporting inclusion of PWDs and also discussed the legal and administrative reforms required for achieving mainstreaming of PWDs. He also stressed on the need to address the disability issues with rights and obligations approach instead of routine charity model. Organization for Special Talent (HOST), Founder of Quetta Online and a Disable activist Mr. Zia Khan, Advocate…
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NA Passes the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday passed the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019 after presentation of report on it by the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. The bill was moved in the House by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs which was passed by the House after voice voting. It is to mention that the bill was laid earlier as an Ordinance in the House and as per Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in National Assembly, an Ordinance laid before the Assembly under sub-rule (1) of rule 170 shall be deemed to be a Bill introduced in the Assembly on the day it is so laid. The amendment bill sought insertion of section 2A after sub-section 2 in section 20 of the Election 2017.  The new sub-section 2A is…
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ECP seeks major changes in legal framework governing electoral processes

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has sought significant changes in the legal framework governing electoral processes in view of enormous challenges the ECP faced during the conduct of the 2018 general elections. A detailed post-election review report on the 2018 general elections was launched on Monday at a ceremony during which ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad also answered questions of reporters. Other senior officials of the ECP were also present in the ceremony. In the report, the ECP highlights achievements made and challenges faced by it during different stages of the election, including delimitation, revision of electoral rolls, appointment of polling staff, printing of ballot papers and introduction of new technology meant for swift transmission of election results. The post-election review is part of the annual report for…
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ECP seeks govt help for Gujrat polls

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has sought the Punjab government’s assistance in holding of election for the Gujrat Municipal Corporation mayor on Wednesday. The ECP invoked Article 220 of the Constitution after receiving a report from the Gujrat deputy commissioner citing the district police officer’s information about a purported threat from the militant Islamic State (IS) group to the polling activity. While the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has 14 of the total 19 seats in the house, political pundits predict a tough contest between the PML-N and PML-Q for the mayor seat that had fallen vacant due to disqualification of PML-N’s Haji Nasir Mehmood by the apex court. Mian Pervez Akhtar Pagganwala of the PML-Q and Tahir Mahmood Maanda of the PML-N are contesting for the slot. Informed sources…
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ECP allows criminal cases against over 4,000 candidates

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ISLAMABAD: The sword of Damocles hangs over the heads of over 4,000 candidates who contested the 2018 general elections but failed to meet the legal requirement of submitting details of election expenses to the returning officers concerned even after the stipulated time frame to do so. Sources told Dawn that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has designated the district election commissioners (DECs) concerned as authorised officers to file criminal cases against all such candidates with the district and sessions judges seeking legal action for commission of an illegal practice. The sources said that the offence of illegal practice may entail the maximum penalty of up to two-year imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs100,000. He said under Section 134 of the Elections Act, a contesting candidate other than the winner…
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Consultations for ECP members’ selection: Shahbaz to give positive response to wrap up nominations

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan sticks to his guns on not holding a face to face meeting with Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif for consultations on appointment of two new members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). As a result, an exchange of letters continues unabated between the government and the opposition leader. So far, three missives have been sent by the government side to Shahbaz Sharif, who has responded to two of them while reply to the third one is being drafted. “We want to wrap up the issue without further delay,” former Speaker and prominent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq told The News. He said that Shahbaz Sharif’s letter would contain the names, firmed up by all the opposition…
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PB-41 constituency: runner up approaches to apex court for votes recounting

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Wednesday served notices to the respondents in a petition seeking recounting of votes in PB-41 constituency, Balochistan. Justice Azmat Sheikh said the petitioner had to prove his stance in votes recounting to get relief. A two member bench headed by Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh conducted the hearing on a petition filed by a candidate of Balochistan Awami Party Muneeb ur Rehman. The petitioner pleaded that there was only a difference of 350 votes with the winning candidate. The Election Commission of Pakistan had conducted recounting only at two polling stations, he added. The bench served the notices to the respondents and adjourned hearing of the case. Published in Business Recorder
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PM writes to Shahbaz on ECP members’ appointment

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has finally written a letter to the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif seeking his suggestions in writing for appointment of two members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). In a four-page letter, the prime minister rejected all objections and allegations hurled by Shahbaz that the government was violating the Constitution by delaying the finalisation of names of ECP members from Balochistan and Sindh. Imran quoted a number of examples from the earlier court decisions and even a Quranic verse from Surah Baqarah in support of his argument that consultation on the ongoing matter could be and should be done in writing. “Written consultation is surely preferred. I again stress your good self to participate in the consultative process by giving your…
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PM suggests three names for ECP to opposition leader

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has finally ‘reconsidered’ his strategy and began ‘consultation’ with Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif by suggesting to him through a letter three nominations each for the vacant posts of the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from Balochistan and Sindh as the deadline set by the Constitution for the purpose was already missed earlier this month. The letter written to Mr Sharif from the PM Office, a copy of which is available with Dawn, reveals that the government has withdrawn the previous nominations that had been sent to the opposition leader through the office of the foreign minister and new names have now been suggested for the two vacant constitutional posts. The prime minister has suggested the names of…
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