I-voting website survives cyber attacks

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ISLAMABAD: The website dedicated to provide overseas Pakistanis with a right of internet voting sustained multiple cyber attacks, sources told Geo News. Voting for by-election on 35 national and provincial assemblies commenced at 8am across the country, with more than 300 candidates, including some political bigwigs, in the running. According to sources, the i-voting website sustained 10,000 cyber attacks simultaneously. The Nadra authorities were, however, able to thwart the attacks and the website from going down. The website did not go down even once in seven hours, sources added. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Director General IT Muhammad Khizar Aziz told Geo News that the website has been loading slowly due to a lot of traffic and that that it was usual in the case. The ECP website is…
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By-election: 370 candidates vie for 35 NA, PAs seats today

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ISLAMABAD: A total of 370 candidates are in the electoral arena for 35 constituencies of the National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies, as voters in these constituencies will exercise their right to vote today (Sunday) while over 7,000 overseas Pakistanis are also expected to take part in the bye-poll process through I-voting. As many as 661 candidates have filed nomination papers, of whom, 271 either withdrew or retired, whereas the papers of 16 were rejected and hence nominations of 645 were validly accepted. However, almost half of them have bowed out from the poll process. The bye-election enables overseas Pakistanis to mark their participation in the polling for the first time. The Election Commission of Pakistan has again put in place the result transmission system (RTS) with the instructions to the…
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73% of Karachi’s NA-243 polling stations are handicap inaccessible

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Around 73% of the polling stations in NA-243, which falls in District East, are inaccessible to persons with disabilities, revealed a survey conducted by the Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections (PAIE), a network of disabled persons’ organisations working in the country. The NA-243 seat fell vacant after Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had won five NA seats, vacated it. These numbers are alarming, considering the Election Comission of Pakistan’s (ECP) five-year strategic plan, which was to be implemented before the July 2018 general elections, included polling station accessibility. Pakistan’s largest city will now face the same issue in the upcoming by-elections on October 14. Civil society organisations have demanded the ECP take immediate steps to make all polling stations accessible to persons with disabilities. By-elections for 30 vacant seats on…
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73pc polling stations in NA-243 inaccessible for disabled persons

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Islamabad: As high as 73% polling stations in NA-243 Karachi east II are inaccessible to Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in one way or other, reveals an accessibility audit conducted by the Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections (PAIE). The percentage is worrying in many aspects, especially when the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had made accessibility of polling stations part of its five-year strategic plan to be implemented prior to general elections 2018. PAIE has demanded of ECP to take immediate steps towards making all the polling stations accessible for PWDs. The accessibility audit was conducted on a sample of 30 polling stations of the constituency. Results depict that maximum polling stations fail to meet one or more mandatory criteria but it also endorses that 67% of such buildings could be…
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ECP secretary to brief Senate panel on RTS controversy

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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad will appear before the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Wednesday to give a briefing on the alleged failure of the Result Transmission System (RTS) on the election night, an issue that has put a question mark on the transparency and fairness of the July 25 general elections. The Senate committee, headed by Sassui Palijo of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), has invited a number of senior parliamentarians from the government and the opposition, including chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior Rehman Malik, chairman of the house committee on law and justice Javed Abbasi, chairman of the house committee on information Faisal Javed, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Senator Usman Kakar and Moula Bux Chandio of…
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PP-217 by-polls schedule announced

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MULTAN: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced schedule for by-election in PP-217 Multan-VII after the disqualification of MPA Salman Naeem. According to the ECP, aspiring candidates can submit nomination papers from October 19 to 22 and scrutiny of the papers would be completed by October 26. The candidates can files appeals against decisions of returning officer until October 29 before the Election Tribunal. The appeals would finally be decided until November 1. The RO will display reviewed list of candidates on November 2. The candidates may withdraw from contest until November 3. The electoral symbols would be issued on November 6 and polling will be held on November 28. Published in The News
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ECP urged to make post-election review

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Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to carry out an in-depth post-election review exercise. In a letter written to Election Commission of Pakistan Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, the CPDI Executive Director Amer Ejaz highlighted the challenges that ECP faced in pre and post-election phase. Enter ‘Naya Pakistan’: Elections 2018 and the ‘foreign press’ He also gave suggestions for carrying out the robust and professional in-depth post-election review exercise. The letter says that despite ECP’s best efforts and much better performance compared to past elections, it is an unfortunate fact that serious questions have been raised by certain political parties and other stakeholders about the fairness of pre-election and result consolidation processes. CPDI believes it would be prudent to take stock of…
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CPDI urges ECP to take post-election review exercise

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ISLAMABAD: Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to carry out an in-depth post-election review exercise. In a letter written to Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, Executive Director CPDI Amer Ejaz highlighted the challenges that ECP faced in pre and post-election phase. He also gave suggestions for carrying out the robust and professional in-depth post-election review exercise. The letter says that despite ECP’s best efforts and much better performance compared to past elections, it is an unfortunate fact that serious questions have been raised by certain political parties and other stakeholders about the fairness of pre-election and result consolidation processes. CPDI believes it would be prudent to take stock of all such questions and the critique and systematically reflect…
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380 vie for 37 NA, PA seats in Oct 14 by-polls

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 ISLAMABAD: A total of 380 candidates are in the run in the by-elections for 37 seats of national and provincial assemblies to be held on Oct 14. According to final lists of candidates issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan, 112 candidates will vie for 11 seats of the National Assembly and 268 for 26 seats of the provincial assemblies. Most of the seats had been vacated by those elected on more than one seat in the 2018 general elections, including Prime Minister Imran Khan who had won elections from all the five NA constituencies he contested. Punjab in general and Lahore in particular are set to witness some exciting electoral battles. Khawaja Saad Rafique of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had lost to Imran Khan in NA-131 (Lahore), but…
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ECP releases list of candidates competing in Oct 14 by-polls

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday released the final list of candidates competing in the upcoming by-polls to be held on October 14. By-elections will be held on 11 National Assembly constituencies, which include two in Lahore, two in Rawalpindi and one each in Karachi, Islamabad, Bannu, Attock, Chakwal, Faisalabad and Gujrat. This is the first election in which overseas Pakistanis will be able to cast their votes through the i-voting process. A list of candidates from prominent political parties like Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P) and Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) is as following: NA-131 (Lahore-IX) Humayun Akhtar Khan — PTI Asim Mahmood — PPP-P Rana Umer Shahzad — TLP Khawaja Saad Rafiq — PML-N NA-124 (Lahore-II) Ghulam…
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