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ECP grants powers of magistrates to DROs and ROs

PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has authorized the district retuning officers and returning officers to exercise powers of First Class Magistrate under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1989 until the consolidation and announcement of official results. The magistrate powers came into effect from July 12, 2018. The aforesaid officers shall exercise the powers of Magistrate First Class in respect of the offenses defined in section 169 punishable under Section 174 of Election Act,2017 and may take cognizance…