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Presidential Elections Mandatory Within 30 Days After General Polls: ECP

Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced that it is obligatory to conduct presidential elections within 30 days following the general elections, as outlined in Article 41(4) of the Constitution.

After the recent general elections in 2024 and the initial results, the ECP has initiated preparations for the upcoming presidential elections and the inaugural sessions of all assemblies as mandated by the Constitution.

According to the ECP, the schedule for the presidential election and public notice will be issued on March 1. Candidates will have one day to submit their nomination papers, with a deadline of 12pm on March 2. Nomination papers can be obtained from the ECP secretariat in Islamabad or any provincial election commissioner.

Referring to Articles 91 and 130 of the Constitution, the ECP stated that the National Assembly is required to convene on the 21st day following the general elections. By February 29, all assemblies will be formed, facilitating the process for the presidential election.

This announcement follows a recent development where National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf scheduled the maiden sitting of the lower house of Parliament on Feb 29. President Arif Alvi declined to summon the session, citing an ‘incomplete house’ as the reason.

President Alvi’s decision was reportedly influenced by pending issues related to the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) reserved seats, which were joined by lawmakers backed by the PTI.

Read more: ECP adjourns hearing on SIC plea to allocate reserved seats

In the inaugural session, the Speaker will administer the oath to newly elected National Assembly members, and the schedule for speaker and deputy speaker elections will be determined.

The Constitution mandates the convening of the first session of the National Assembly within 21 days after the general elections. Failure to do so requires the secretariat to announce the session, as per a senior official of the National Assembly Secretariat.

ECP adjourns hearing on SIC plea to allocate reserved seats

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of all the petitions filed by the Sunni Itthad Council (SIC) regarding the allocation of reserved seats till tomorrow (Wednesday).

The electoral watchdog had Monday decided to hold an open hearing on the SIC application relating to the inclusion of PTI-backed lawmakers in the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) and allotment of reserved seats.

A five-member commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja heard six petitions against the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) in the Election Commission.

READ MORE: ECP notifies reserved seats in Punjab, Sindh assemblies

The PML-N petitioner was represented by Azam Nazir Tarar, Atta Tarar, and others. Barrister Gohar, Ali Zafar, and Babar Awan represented the PTI. Farooq H Naik and Farogh Naseem represented the MQM.

Barrister Gohar stated during the hearing that although they submitted the declarations of 86 individuals, the Election Commission included 81 in the SIC.

Barrister Ali Zafar stated that they desired their reserved seats and that other political parties should express their interest in the seats explicitly if they were interested. ECP should receive claims for the reserved seats from the MQM, PML-N, and PPP.

The ECP had previously determined that the allocation of reserved seats to the SIC would be heard in the open court on Monday.

The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has once more called for CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja’s resignation because he allegedly neglected to oversee free and fair elections.

ECP shares latest party position in National Assembly for Elections 2024

ISLAMABAD: Following the elections and seat modifications, the Pakistani Election Commission released the most recent party positions in the National Assembly.
Finding itself in the lead with 75 general seats is the PML-N. With 84 votes, nine independent candidates garnered party backing.

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In NA, the PPP lead by Bilawal secured 54 general seats without the support of any independent contenders. Eight of the 99 independents have not yet joined a political party, while 81 of them joined the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) as a result of the PTI’s gambit.

In the lower house of parliament, MQM-Pakistan won 17 seats, JUI-F garnered 6 members, PML-Q won 3 seats, and with the help of one independent member, they won a total of 4 seats.

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Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), Muslim League Zia, Majlis Wahdat Muslimeen, Pashtun Khawa Milli Awami Party, Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Balochistan National Party (BNP), and National Party are among the other members.

Sunni Ittehad not allotted reserved seats in Punjab & Sindh Assemblies so far

Lahore: Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), a political ally of PTI, has yet to receive reserved seats in the Punjab and Sindh Assemblies, as reported from Islamabad. The Punjab Assembly has a total of 74 reserved seats, including 66 for women and 8 for minorities.

While notifications have been issued for 42 women’s seats, 24 remain pending. Additionally, notifications for 35 women members from Muslim League-N, 2 from Pakistan People’s Party, and 2 from Pakistan Muslim League have been released, along with 1 member from Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party. Moreover, notifications for 5 minority members from Muslim League-N have also been issued.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced the reserved seats for women and minority members in the Punjab Assembly. In the Sindh Assembly, the People’s Party has been granted 20 reserved seats for women, MQM has 6, GDA has 1, and 6 seats for minorities have also been notified.

Read more: EX-Rawalpindi Commissioner withdraws Poll Rigging Allegations, Blames PTI

Reports suggest that the Election Commission of Pakistan will make a decision on Friday regarding the allocation of reserved seats to the Sunni Ittehad Council. Previously, PTI submitted affiliation certificates of independent members aligned with SIC to the ECP. These certificates cover 86 independent members for the National Assembly, 105 for the Punjab Assembly, 85 for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, and 9 for the Sindh Assembly, bolstering SIC’s representation in various legislative bodies.

EX-Rawalpindi Commissioner withdraws Poll Rigging Allegations, Blames PTI

Rawalpindi: The former Rawalpindi commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatha has retracted his earlier claims of election rigging in the 2024 polls, pointing fingers at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for orchestrating the plot.

Days after his explosive press conference where he alleged widespread rigging and announced his resignation from the post, Chatha reversed his stance. In a statement, he confessed to his involvement in election manipulation in Rawalpindi Division, specifically implicating returning officers under his authority in tampering with results for 13 political candidates.

Chatha shifted blame onto Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja and Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa for the alleged rigging, surrendering himself to police for trial. His initial allegations had stirred controversy, prompting calls from various political parties, including PTI, for an investigation.

However, in a turn of events, Chatha retracted his accusations during a statement to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), revealing that his actions were at the behest of the PTI. He claimed to have a “close friendship” with a prominent PTI leader and admitted to detailed discussions with them before the press conference.

Read more: PTI demands immediate resignation of Chief Election Commissioner

According to Chatha, the primary objective of the press conference was to fabricate a false narrative in line with the PTI’s agenda. He clarified that the inclusion of Chief Justice Isa’s name was intended to sow mistrust among the public, asserting that the Chief Justice had no involvement in the election process.

Chatha’s reversal adds a new dimension to the controversy surrounding the allegations of election rigging, highlighting the complexities and political motivations at play. As the situation unfolds, questions arise regarding the integrity of the electoral process and the influence of political agendas on such sensitive matters.

13 political parties out of race for reserved seats in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has disqualified 13 political parties from competing for seats in the National Assembly, a spokesperson confirmed. The move impacts party representation in the upcoming assembly significantly.

According to the Election Commission spokesperson, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is likely to secure 20 seats, while the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is expected to secure 13 seats. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is projected to gain five specific seats, while the fate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) 27 specific seats remains uncertain and subject to the Election Commission’s decision.

Among the 13 parties disqualified from specific seat allocation are Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Awami National Party (ANP), Islami Party Pakistan, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, Grand Democratic Alliance, and Milli Muslim League.

The process of allocating specific seats has posed challenges for several parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q). Additionally, the central Muslim League, National Party, Balochistan Awami Party, and Balochistan National Party have been unable to achieve their desired outcomes.

Among the parties set to receive specific seats, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is anticipated to secure 16 women and four minority seats in the National Assembly. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is expected to secure 11 women and two minority seats.

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The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) may secure four women seats and one minority seat in the National Assembly. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) awaits the Election Commission’s decision regarding the allocation of its 27 specific seats.

The Election Commission’s verdict will grant 23 women and four minority seats to the Sindh Union Council.

JIT comprising ISI & IB officers to Investigate Malicious Campaign Against ECP Officials

ISLAMABAD – The government of Pakistan has taken decisive action to address the malicious social media campaigns targeting Election Commission officials by forming a high-level Joint Investigation Team (JIT). Comprising officers from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB), the JIT has been tasked with thoroughly investigating the slanderous activities and bringing those responsible to justice.

The initiative comes in response to a disturbing trend where activists of a prominent political party launched hate campaigns against government officials, including the sharing of personal information such as pictures and addresses of election watchdog personnel on social media platforms.

Expressing grave concerns over the spread of misinformation and attempts to manipulate public opinion, the interim government underscored its commitment to safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process and ensuring fair and transparent polls.

Led by Kakar-led government, the interim administration emphasized that such malicious campaigns pose a serious threat to the democratic process and undermine the principles of transparency and accountability.

The JIT has been given a comprehensive mandate to investigate various aspects of the nefarious activities, including the dissemination of propaganda on online platforms, the production of counterfeit ballot papers, and efforts to influence public sentiment.

Furthermore, government officials affirmed that any attempts to intimidate or influence government officers through malicious campaigns would not be tolerated. Swift and decisive action will be taken against those found responsible, they assured.

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In collaboration with IT experts, the JIT will meticulously collect evidence and examine the misconduct, ensuring that all cases are thoroughly documented and suitable measures are recommended against the perpetrators. This initiative underscores the government’s unwavering commitment to upholding the rule of law and promoting accountability and fairness in the electoral process.

Deadline for returns submission of candidates for reserved seats today

As per the ECP press release, today (Feb 21) is the last day to submit election expenditure returns for the candidates for the reserved seats of the National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies.

According to the Election Commission, the candidates of the NA and provincial assemblies named in Form 33 should submit the returns, if the returns are not submitted, the candidate’s success notification will not be issued.

READ MORE: ECP Stands Firm: No Reserved Seats for Parties Without Electoral Symbols

In a statement, the electoral body stated that the last date for submission of election expenditure returns is February 21 for all candidates whose names appear in the final list (Form-33) for the National and Provincial Assembly seats reserved for women and non-Muslims.

The candidates for reserved seats for women and non-Muslims are informed to submit the election expenditure returns (Form-C) in the offices of the respective returning officers (RO) within the specified date otherwise the candidates for the reserved seats will fail, it added.

Furthermore, the ECP spokesperson added that the notification shall not be issued until the returns (Form-C) shall not be submitted.

FAFEN Urges ECP to Audit Challenged Constituencies

ISLAMABAD: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has put forward a comprehensive three-stage approach for the meticulous examination of election results, urging the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to employ advanced data analytics and forensic techniques to ensure the legitimacy of the outcomes of the 2024 general election.

In its proposal, FAFEN emphasized the importance of involving representatives nominated by relevant political parties along with independent observers to oversee transparency and credibility throughout the audit process.

Since 2013, FAFEN has been advocating for the election commission to scrutinize results across all constituencies before officially declaring winners, aiming to strengthen the integrity of election outcomes and minimize post-election disputes that often prolong legal proceedings beyond statutory deadlines.

Highlighting the urgency of addressing allegations of irregularities and illegalities raised by political entities and candidates, FAFEN stressed the need for prompt action to validate that the results accurately reflect the true mandate of the electorate.

FAFEN’s proposed audit methodology is rooted in a technically driven investigation relying on physical evidence, including official election documents available with the election commission under Section 99 of the Elections Act, 2017.

The audit, structured in three stages, entails assessing the authenticity and completeness of election documentation, identifying the impact of unverified forms on election outcomes, and determining accountability while addressing any discrepancies involving election officials.

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FAFEN underscored the significant logistical effort required for conducting elections, which involves the deployment of hundreds of thousands of officials drawn from the executive and judiciary.

For the 2024 general election, approximately 1.5 million election and polling officials were appointed to oversee operations, including counting, tabulation, and result consolidation, which have sparked controversies and disputes.

ECP issues victory notification of Ali Amin Ganapur from PK-113

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has officially announced the victory of Ali Amin Gandapur, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed independent candidate, in the PK-113 constituency of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

According to the notification issued by the ECP, Ali Amin Gandapur secured a total of 35,454 votes, defeating the candidate from the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) who managed to secure 21,885 votes.

Notably, the PTI founder, during an informal media talk while in trial at Adiala Jail, announced Ali Amin Gandapur as the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), demonstrating his confidence and support for Gandapur’s leadership abilities.

Ali Amin Gandapur’s political journey began in 2013 when he was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a member of the PTI party. His victory in the recent elections reflects the ongoing support for PTI-backed candidates in the region.

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With the official confirmation of his victory by the ECP, Ali Amin Gandapur is set to assume his responsibilities as a representative of PK-113 constituency, contributing to the political landscape of KP under the banner of PTI-backed independents.

ECP notifies victory of candidate who lost from PP-296

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a notification of victory of a candidate who lost from PP-296 constituency of Punjab Assembly.

According to the details, the Election Commission issued a notification of the victory of the candidate (Sardar Ahmed Ali Khan Dareshak).

Independent candidate Sardar Owais Dareshak secured 42,613 votes while PML-N candidate Sardar Muhammad Yousuf Dareshak secured 41,402 votes in PP-296 Rajanpur-5.

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Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan has made a bold assertion regarding the potential candidacy of Omar Ayub Khan for the Prime Minister’s position, contingent upon the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) releasing results based on Form 45.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Barrister Gohar urged for an immediate inquiry into the rigging allegations raised by Commissioner Rawalpindi division, emphasizing the need for transparency and accountability in the electoral process.

The resignation of Commissioner Rawalpindi Liaqat Ali Chatha over accepting responsibility for alleged rigging in the 2024 elections has sparked widespread concern. Chatha’s admission of electoral irregularities, including the manipulation of results using fake seals, has prompted calls for thorough investigation and corrective measures.

Barrister Gohar highlighted the seriousness of the Commissioner’s statement, particularly concerning the abrupt shift in election outcomes from Form 45 to Form 47. He stressed the need to address these discrepancies to uphold the integrity of the electoral process and ensure fair representation for all candidates.

The announcement of Omar Ayub Khan as PTI’s candidate for the Prime Ministerial slot underscores the party’s commitment to advancing democratic principles and promoting competent leadership. Omar Ayub Khan’s victory in the National Assembly constituency NA-18, Haripur, as an independent candidate backed by PTI, demonstrates his strong electoral mandate and potential to lead the country.

With the unofficial results showing Omar Ayub Khan securing a significant lead over his opponents, including Pakistan Muslim League (N) candidate Babar Nawaz Khan, the stage is set for a potential leadership transition within PTI.

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As the nation awaits further developments regarding the release of Form 45 results by the ECP and the ongoing inquiry into electoral irregularities, stakeholders remain vigilant in ensuring the credibility and fairness of the electoral process, reinforcing Pakistan’s commitment to democratic values and principles.

Fazal rejects election results, announces country-wide protests

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has announced that his party rejected election results and would take to the streets in protest against ‘rigging’ on Monday.

In a statement following a party meeting in Islamabad, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman expressed strong dissatisfaction, stating that the level of rigging observed in this election surpassed even that of the contentious 2018 elections.

Addressing the media, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman emphasized that the streets might become the new forum for decision-making if electoral integrity continues to be compromised. He dismissed claims of transparency by the Election Commission of Pakistan, asserting that the polls were marred by clear instances of bribery and undue influence.

Furthermore, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman urged the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) to join the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam in opposition, underlining the need for a united front against what he perceived as electoral malpractice.

However, he clarified that the final decision regarding protest actions would be made in consultation with the party’s general body, indicating a coordinated approach within the JUI.

Read more: Fazal-ur-Rehman to sit in opposition?

Regarding the role of the establishment in politics, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman expressed a willingness to acknowledge their authority if they refrained from interference. Conversely, he warned of political consequences if the establishment continued to meddle in political affairs.

As the nation grapples with the fallout from the elections, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman’s stance underscores the heightened political tensions and the imperative for transparency and accountability in the electoral process.

ECP Stands Firm: No Reserved Seats for Parties Without Electoral Symbols

ISLAMABAD: Amid political uncertainty continues owing to the February 8 poll results, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Tuesday announced that political parties without electoral symbols would not be allotted reserved seats in the National Assembly.

The electoral watchdog’s statement comes as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) sponsored candidates have emerged as the largest group by winning more than 90 National Assembly seats followed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 75 and 54 seats, respectively.

In its statement, the ECP has said that the reserved seats, of which there are a total of 70 dedicated to women and minorities, will be allotted on the basis of the Election Act 2017 and that they will be distributed amongst the political parties in a proportion that is in line with their respective representation in the assemblies if the winning independent candidates fail to join any party.

The development is likely to have significant repercussions for the PTI whose candidates had to contest the polls in an independent capacity after the party lost its “bat” electoral symbol due to irregularities in its intra-party polls.

With no political party being able to secure a simple majority, the field is now open for the PTI, PML-N and the PPP to forge alliances to secure the relevant numbers to form their government in the Centre which requires a minimum of 169 seats in the National Assembly in the 336-member lower house of parliament.

With the PTI not even included in the list of electoral symbols of political parties sent to the Returning Officers (ROs) before the polls, the party is eyeing to forge alliances with other parties to capitalise on its February 8 electoral triumphs by making its candidates join another party — as the independent candidates can neither form their government nor they are eligible for a share of reserved seats.

The party, as per its spokesperson Raoof Hasan, will partner up with the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to secure its share of reserved seats in the NA.

Furthermore, Hasan added that the PTI is looking to join hands with Majlis-e-Wahdat-Muslimeen (MWM) to form its governments in the Centre and Punjab.

The PTI’s decision to join hands with the MWM — which has only secured one National Assembly seat — comes as its sponsored candidates, who have won 116 provincial assembly seats in Punjab, will have 72 hours to join a party once the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) notifies their win.

In Punjab, the party would need to join hands with independent candidates and other parties to form the government in the largest province where currently the PML-N is in the lead with 137 seats.

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Meanwhile, the ECP has stressed that the political parties need to submit the names of their candidates for the reserved seats to the ECP within the announced deadline.

Election 2024: Latest update on polling time extension

ISLAMABAD: Polling hours ended in Pakistan. As earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a statement that voting time will not be extended.

Polling for the general election of National Assembly and four provincial assemblies is ended across the country.

The polling that started at 8 am has ended at 5 pm without any break. Voting is being held on 265 seats of National Assembly and 590 seats of four provincial assemblies.

ECP authorities in a statement said that unofficial results could be broadcast by media after 6 pm.

They said that the ECP has so far received 55 complaints regarding the electoral process, adding that 45 of them had been addressed.

While PTI asks ECP to extend polling time

PTI asked the ECP to extend the polling time. According to the details, the PTI had decided to officially submit the application to the ECP.

PTI Chief Organiser Omar Ayub said: “We have received many complaints about the slow polling process.”

“I would like to express my gratitude to the masses for casting votes in large numbers despite the internet outage,” Ayub said.

“The electoral watchdog should extend the polling time until 6:00 pm.,” he said.

Elections 2024: Check Polling Time in all cities here

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is gearing up for its long-awaited general elections on February 8 tomorrow amidst challenges of militancy and uncertainty. Authorities remain hopeful for the formation of a new government to address the country’s crises.

Delayed by a year, the elections coincide with economic uncertainty, frequent terror attacks, and climate disasters endangering millions. Despite these hurdles, preparations are complete.

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With 120 million registered voters participating, elections will be held for the National Assembly and four Provincial Assemblies across over 90,000 polling stations nationwide.

Polling Time in Pakistan

The timings, as per Election Commission of Pakistan, will be from 8am in the morning till 5pm. The polling will be held for 9 hours without any interval.

In Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and other cities, citizens are advised to visit polling stations at 8am to avoid long queues.

ECP or any other official has not announced any news about extension in the polling time.

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To find out any changes in poll hours for your constituency, please visit Election Commission platform. The commission has also instructed the election staff to make sure polling time in their districts.

General Elections 2024: What are Form 45, Form 46, Form 47, Form 48 and Form 49?

ISLAMABAD: Two days remaining until Pakistan’s general elections on February 8, it’s crucial to understand the significance of several forms that play a vital role in the election process.

Form 45: Result of the Count Form 45, commonly referred to as the “Result of the Count,” contains essential information about the polling station, including the polling station number, constituency name, total registered voters, total votes cast, and detailed breakdown of votes received by each candidate. Candidates can independently verify their received votes through Form 45.

Form 46: Ballot Papers Account Form 46 provides details about the number of ballot papers received at the polling station, the number of ballot papers issued from the ballot boxes, and the number of challenged, incorrect, and canceled ballot papers. Additionally, Form 46 includes information about any irregularities in the voting process.

Form 47: Rejected Votes Form 47 contains information about the unofficial results of the electoral constituency, including the number of rejected votes and the breakdown of votes for each candidate.

Form 48: Consolidation of Results Form 48 is crucial in the preparation of election results as it includes the total number of votes cast for each candidate in a constituency.

Form 49: Final and Official Results Form 49, also known as the Gazetted Form, comprises the final and official results of the election. It includes the names of candidates, their affiliated political parties, and the total votes received in the electoral constituency.

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These forms are integral components of the electoral process in Pakistan, providing transparency and accountability in the tabulation and announcement of election results. As the country prepares for the upcoming general elections, understanding the significance of these forms is essential for ensuring a fair and democratic electoral process.

ECP Directs Government to Halt PIA Sales

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which blocked the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) reorganization a few days ago, has now asked the caretaker government to desist from privatizing Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

Less than a week before the general election, the ECP directed in a letter to the cabinet secretary that the caretaker government not sign any agreements or take any other action until the Commission makes a decision in accordance with Section 230 of the Constitution.

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The Privatization Commission Ordinance, 2000, Clause 5(b), and Section 230 of the Constitution compel the government to submit all pertinent documents produced for Cabinet approval, including a thorough privatization scheme of PIA. The ECP asked the government to disclose these materials.

The ECP advised Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar last week not to make any significant changes to the FBR and to hold off on making any changes until the next government, which will be elected in 2024, has had a chance to review them.

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“The Election Commission of Pakistan is required to emphasize the role and actions not to be carried out by the caretaker Government in terms of Section 230 of the Act ibid,” the letter dated January 30th stated. The Election Commission of Pakistan is responsible for conducting elections under Article 218 (3) of the Constitution.

It made it clear that an elected administration had the authority to make important policy decisions, such as the proposed revamp of FBR.

ECP completes training of staff for General Elections 2024

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced the completion of training for approximately 1.49 million election staff in preparation for the upcoming general elections in 2024. The training sessions, conducted over 87 days in remote areas nationwide, involved 3,821 master trainers and aimed to ensure the proficiency and professionalism of election personnel.

The training included sessions for District Returning Officers (DROs), Returning Officers (ROs), polling staff, Presiding Officers, Senior Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs), Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs), Polling Officers, Regional Monitoring Coordinators (RMCs), District Monitoring Officers (DMOs), Monitoring Officers (MOs), officers and data entry operators (DEOs) linked with returning officers, and security personnel.

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Additionally, the ECP has established 90,675 polling stations across all four provinces, with over 120 million registered voters expected to cast their votes for the National Assembly and four Provincial Assemblies. A total of 5,121 candidates, including 4,807 male, 312 female, and two transgenders, are contesting for the National Assembly and provincial assembly seats. The elections will be held on 266 general seats of the National Assembly and 593 general seats of the four provincial assemblies.

ECP prepares election code of conduct draft for social media

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has prepared a draft of a code of conduct specifically for social media in preparation for upcoming elections, as reported by a private news channel. According to ECP sources, social media activists will be issued cards for the general elections and will be required to take a statement on oath committing to comply with the code of conduct.

Key points from the code of conduct draft include:

  • Social media activists will be allowed to observe polling stations from within but will not be permitted to seek votes for any specific political party.
  • They are prohibited from attempting to influence voters through social media.
  • Social media activists are not allowed to capture footage of the internal premises of polling stations.
  • These measures are likely aimed at regulating the use of social media during elections to ensure fairness and prevent any undue
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