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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Voters asked to transfer vote on CNIC address by March 31

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ISLAMABAD: All eligible voters throughout the country have been asked to transfer their vote on their permanent or temporary address written on their computerized national identity card (CNIC) by March 31. According to an official of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), votes would be considered as ineffective of all those voters who fail to transfer their votes on CNIC address with the ECP under the law. He said that the commission has extended the previous date of December 31 as last date for transferring of votes as per CNIC address and asked the citizens to avail this opportunity and submit their forms with the respective district election commissioner, registration officer or assistant registration officer. He said keeping in view the situation and to ensure the right of exercise of casting…
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SC bars ECP from issuing PP-217 Multan election schedule

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Tuesday barred Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from issuing election schedule of PP-217 Multan and to submit whole record of the case. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, heard the case. The bench also said the notification of Muhammad Salman, successful candidate in general election from the said seat, would remain denotified. Rana Waqar, counsel for Shah Mahmood Qureshi, said the winning candidate was denotified over mentioning wrong date of birth in his nomination papers and appealed the apex court to summon the whole record into the matter. The counsel said the ECP verdict did not base on facts and pleaded the court to suspend it. The court rejected the plea to suspend the ECP decision on interim orders. Justice…
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ECP committed to support women’s participation in elections

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Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan has said that ECP is committed to supporting women's participation in elections. Addressing a function held in connection with International Women's Day in Islamabad, he said the commission has made a special Gender and Disability Electoral Working Group to include women and marginalized groups in the elections. The function was attended by NADRA, civil society representatives, gender experts, Academia and other concerned departments. Other speakers on the occasion lauded the ECP's commitment and efforts to help close the electoral gender gap. Published in The Nation
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ECP issues notification on 16 constituencies of erstwhile FATA

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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday issued a notification of the final report along with list of constituencies pertaining to 16 general seats allocated to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in respect of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). According to a notification, a total of 11 representations were received against preliminary publication of constituencies and the commission had fixed dates of hearings and issued notices to all concerned in this regard. The hearing process of the representations commenced on February 13, and culminated on February 21. After incorporation of ECP, the final list of constituencies has been published now in accordance with the provisions of section 21 of the Elections Act, 2017 read with rule 14 of the Election Rules, 2017. The final list of constituencies…
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Tehreek-i-Insaf wins PK-30 by-poll

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MANSEHRA: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf candidate Ahmad Hussain Shah won by-election in the PK-30, Mansehra, constituency on Tuesday. Announcing unofficial results of the by-election, the returning officer said the PTI nominee secured 46,483 votes, while the runner-up was PML-N’s Mazhar Ali Qasim with 39,945 votes. There were seven candidates, including nominees of political parties and independents, for the PK-30 seat, which had fallen vacant last year after the Supreme Court disqualified PML-N’s Mian Ziaur Rehman in a fake degree case. The Election Commission of Pakistan had set up 186 polling stations for the by-election. Addressing a jubilant crowd, Mr Shah thanked voters for electing him and said he would ensure the execution of mega development projects in Balakot. PTI MNA Salah Mohammad Khan said his party’s by-election victory had showed the people’s…
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ECP warns MNA, MPA, others against electioneering in bye-poll

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PESHAWAR: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Wednesday warned members of National Assembly, provincial assembly and local bodies against electioneering in favour of their party candidates in bye-election on provincial assembly constituency PK-30 (Balakot) According to the ECP sources, more than 30 people including the members of Mansehra district council, tehsil councils and village councils have been warned while the ECP has also taken the affidavits from the PTI Member of National Assembly Saleh Mohammad Khan, PML-N KP member of provincial assembly Sardar Mohammad Yousuf, Balakot Tehsil Nazim Syed Ibrahim Shah that they would not take part in the election campaign of any candidate during the bye-elections. The ECP code of conduct says that if any of the national, provincial assembly member and tehsil nazim found involved in election campaign they…
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