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Elections 2018

Mustafa Kamal says MQM-P was ‘given’ four seats because of Amir Khan

KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday said that he was not surprised after witnessing his party's crushing defeat in July 25 elections, ARY News reported.  "A lot of people wanted us to do seat adjustment with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) but I refused so we we weren't surprised with the result," Kamal told ARY News in an exclusive interview. Kamal said that he couldn't do that for he has spread his own message and people had accepted…

Hamza says PML-N became part of assemblies despite ‘rigging’

LAHORE: Hamza Shehbaz, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) candidate for the office of chief minister of Punjab, on Sunday reiterated the demand for formation a parliamentary commission to probe alleged rigging in the polls. Speaking to media outside the Punjab Assembly, he said his party has become part of the assemblies with a heavy heart. “We are going to the assembly wearing black armbands, not bangles,” he said. Hamza said a parliamentary commission be formed to probe the alleged rigging in last month’s…

ECP forms tribunals with 120-day deadline to resolve election-related complaints

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set up 20 tribunals to hear the complaints of the candidates related to the 2018 General Elections. Out of these 20 tribunals, eight are assigned to address the grievances of Punjab candidates. Similarly, five tribunals are for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), four for Sindh and three for Balochistan. The ECP has directed the tribunals to address the complaints of the election candidates within a time period of 120 days. For the four tribunals in Sindh, Justice Umar…

KP Assembly session summoned on August 13

PESHAWAR: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has summoned the provincial assembly session on Monday, August 13. According to a notification issued by the governor's secretary, the governor has summoned the KP assembly session on Monday 10PM. On the first day of the session, the new elected members of the provincial assembly will take oath of their office. This will be followed by the elections of the speaker, the deputy speaker and then the chief minister. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) enjoys comfortable majority in…

Ballot secrecy violation: ECP asks Imran to submit own-signed apology letter

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday asked chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan to submit an apology letter signed by himself in a case of ballot secrecy violation. The ECP bench ordered Imran Khan's counsel Babar Awan to submit the apology by Friday (tomorrow). Imran was facing two cases with one regarding use of offensive language against the opponents and the other pertaining to violating of ballot secrecy. In the first case, the ECP has accepted apology of Imran as well…

ECP seeks written reply from Imran over election code violation

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has sought a written reply from expected prime minister Imran Khan in a case pertaining to violating secrecy of the ballot, ARY News reported. PTI counsel Babar Awan appeared before the ECP for hearing of the case today. He said the case shouldn’t be dragged further as the PTI chief had already tendered apology for the violation, which was not intentional. Simultaneously, the ECP also sought reply from Khan for using offensive language against the opponents. Awan…

Opposition parties end protest outside ECP’s Islamabad office

ISLAMABAD: Members of a multi-party opposition alliance on Wednesday ended their protest outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Islamabad office, ARY News reported. Members of opposition parties including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and Awami National Party (ANP) protested and raised slogans against the alleged rigging in the July 25 general elections. Addressing protesters outside the ECP office, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal lamented…

ECP stops victory notifications of 11 NA, 23 provincial constituencies

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has withheld the notification of 11 National and 23 Provincial assemblies’ constituencies due to cases in courts, death of candidates, postponement of election, non-submission of returns and recounting. According to ECP, the notification of Imran Khan’s success in NA-53 (Islamabad) and NA-131 (Lahore) has also been withheld. From NA-53 (Islamabad), Imran Khan had defeated former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The notification for NA-131 (Lahore) success was…

Summary sent to President for summoning NA session

ISLAMABAD: A summary has been sent to President Mamnoon Hussain for summoning the maiden session of the newly elected National Assembly between August 12 and 14.  This was stated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Barrister Ali Zafar while talking to media persons at the premises of the Supreme Court in Islamabad today. The minister said that as per the Constitution, the session of the National Assembly needs to be summoned before 15th of this month. He said that the newly elected members of the lower…

SC rejects Jamshed Dasti’s plea for vote recount in NA-182

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a petition filed by Awami Raj Party (ARP) chairman Jamshed Dasti seeking recounting of ballot papers in the national assembly constituency, NA-182, Muzaffargarh.  Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a bench of the apex court directed the petitioner to approach the relevant forum for redressal of his grievance. Alleging irregularities in the election process, Dasti said power supply was suspended in his constituency at 11:00 pm on the election day of…