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ECP extends deadline for filing nomination papers till 6 pm

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has extended the deadline for filing of nomination papers by election candidates for two hours.  In a statement, the Commission said nomination papers can now be filed till 6:00pm today. The preliminary list of candidates will also be published today. According to the election schedule, scrutiny of nomination papers will continue till June 19 while appeals against rejection or acceptance of papers can be filed by 22nd of this month. The appellate tribunals will decide…

Deadline to submit nomination papers for General elections falls today

KARACHI: The deadline to submit the nomination papers for the General Elections 2018 is upon us as the last date set for the process was 11th June, today (Monday). On June 8th the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) taking into consideration the revised election schedule extended the date to submit nomination papers from June 8  to June 11. On Friday the electoral body said in a statement that the extension was given for the submission of nomination papers to facilitate the political parties and their nominees. In…

ECP announces April 24 as deadline for changes to voter lists

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced that April 24 is the last date, after which any change to the voter details or the constituency will not be possible. According to the electoral authority, the voters can confirm their registration and acquire details of their constituency on the mobile phones by sending a text message on 8300. While, National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has handed over the list of 104.26 million voters to the ECP. In a statement, Nadra said that voters…

Palestinian reconciliation hits obstacles on deadline: Fatah

GAZA: A planned handover of power in Gaza from Hamas to the Palestinian Authority under a landmark reconciliation accord hit "obstacles" on Sunday's deadline to do so, a top official said. Palestinian movement Hamas was originally due to transfer power in the enclave on December 1 under the reconciliation agreement with rival faction Fatah, but that deadline was initially put back by 10 days. Hamas said at the weekend that it was handing over all government ministries to the Palestinian Authority, but Fatah's top…

EU sets Sunday deadline after ‘no white smoke’ on Brexit

BRUSSELS: The European Commission said Thursday that there was still "no white smoke" on a Brexit deal and set a limit of Sunday for British Prime Minister Theresa May to return to Brussels with an acceptable deal. "So far no white smoke. We stand ready to receive prime minister May at any moment in time when they are ready," Margaritis Schinas, chief spokesman for commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, told reporters in Brussels. The Vatican sends up white smoke when a new pope is chosen. Read More: Britain and EU…

Qatar slams ‘unrealistic’ demands as deadline looms

DOHA: Qatar said Tuesday that the demands made by Arab nations in a Gulf diplomatic crisis were impossible to meet, as a deadline was fast approaching for the emirate to respond. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani told a press conference in Doha that the list of demands from countries isolating Qatar "is unrealistic and is not actionable". "It's not about terrorism, it's talking about shutting down the freedom of speech," he said at a joint press conference after talks with German counterpart…

Qatar officially responds to demands after deadline extended

KUWAIT CITY: Qatar on Monday responded to a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies after they agreed to give a defiant Doha another 48 hours to address their grievances. Details of the response were not immediately available, but a Gulf official told AFP that Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani had delivered it during a short visit to Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator in the crisis. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had announced in the early hours of…