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Senate chairman vouches for ECP’s efforts to hold “free and fair elections”

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Mir Sadiq Sanjrani on Friday gave weight to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) efforts in holding “free and fair elections”.

Sadiq Sanjrani summoned a senate session on the requisition of members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and nationalist parties from Balochistan to discuss the situation of law and order situation in the country ahead of July 25 polls.

During the session, the chairman Senate urged the stakeholders “to trust the electoral body’s efforts to conduct transparent elections”.

Sanjrani reiterated “The election commission was strengthened and its members were nominated by the parliament so we should trust them.”

The general elections of Pakistan are scheduled on July 25.

A total number of 11,855 candidates running for the 849 general seats of National Assembly and four provincial assemblies in the 2018 elections.

This includes a total of 3,459 candidates — 1,623 from Punjab, 824 from Sindh, 725 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 287 from Balochistan. They will contest for the 272 general seats of the National Assembly. The National Assembly – the lower house of the parliament in the Pakistan’s democratic system consists of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected, 60 seats are reserved for women and 10 are open to religious minorities.

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