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Elections 2018: Here is how you can cast your vote

The country is all set to elect its representatives for national and provincial assemblies on July 25, Wednesday. Along with a message by the Chief Election Commissioner, the Election Commission of Pakistan has released a complete tutorial regarding the voting process. Here is the video As the election campaign ended yesterday, recent nationwide polls indicate a tight race, with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ahead on 30 percent in one survey, compared to 27 percent for PML-N. Shehbaz Sharif’s…

ECP desires elections are held in a peacefull environment: secretary

ISLAMABAD: Just a day before the general elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is confident that all preparations have been made and the polls will be held in a peacefull and conducive environment. Secretary ECP Babar Yaqub on Tuesday gave an overview of the 2018 general elections. He said there are several law and order challenges and they desire to conduct peaceful elections. He said that votes are precious and people should exercise their right to vote. He called on everyone to come out and vote, and said…

ECP asks polling staff ‘to keep their biases aside’ while on duty

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has directed its polling staff to ensure proper guidance and assistance to voters, especially to elderly, transgenders and pregnant women on the polling day – July 25. While issuing a 13-point code of conduct for its polling staff, the ECP directed them to be punctual and perform their duties without any bias for or against any political party, electoral candidates, media outlets, inspectors or political parties’ representatives. Presiding officers were directed by the…

Around 53,000 observers to monitor July 25 elections

ISLAMABAD: As many as 53,000 international, national, local and media observers will monitor the upcoming general election scheduled to be held on July 25. A European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) comprising around 100 observers is scheduled to monitor the election process. The mandate of the EUEOM is to observe all aspects of the electoral process and assess the extent to which the elections are in compliance with the laws of Pakistan, as well as with international and regional commitments for democratic…

Imran Khan says Zardari, Faryal Talpur looted Sindh

JACOBABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Tuesday said that PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur have looted people of Sindh province in the name of PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, ARY News reported. Addressing a rally in Jacobabad city of Sindh, the PTI chief said that people of the province are being deprived of their basic rights "in the name of Bhutto". "There is no example to match how these people (PPP leaders) have looted you in the name of Bhutto," said Imran Khan. The…

BAP unveils ambitious manifesto for 2018 general elections

QUETTA: Balochistan Awami Party, the youngest party in the country founded in March this year, has announced an ambitious manifesto for the 2018 general elections. The manifesto was presented during a press conference on Tuesday, where a spokesman said the party founded as a 'wild card' entrant but people were interested in their political and economic reforms for the next five years. He said the manifesto, despite incorporating a wide range of issues, will be an 'ongoing document' and the party will be open to new…

Ban imposed on carrying weapons, holding rallies near polling stations

KARACHI: In an attempt to prevent law and order situation from deterioration, the Sindh government has imposed a ban on carrying weapons and holding public gatherings around polling stations in the entire province until July 25 – the day of elections in the country. According to the provincial government, the ban has been imposed on an immediate basis, invoking Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and violators will be penalised by the police under Section 188 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). Home…

Chairman Army ESC, CEC discuss security matters for general elections

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Army Election Support Centre Lieutenant General Hamood uz Zaman Khan called on Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza in Islamabad on Saturday to discuss matters pertaining to security in upcoming general elections.  Hamood uz Zaman Khan on behalf of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa assured the chief election commissioner that Pakistan army would play its role under the constitution. Sardar Raza appreciated the resolve of Pakistan Army and hoped all provincial governments…

ECP sets up control room to monitor polls

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set up a control room to monitor general elections in 829 constituencies of the country on July 25. According to the ECP, the control room will receive complaints from across the country on the polling day. Besides assembly aspirants, commoners can also forward their complaints to it for redressal of their grievance. Earlier, the Commission had warned of strict action against any official found involved in pre-poll rigging or other irregularities. ECP…

ECP requests media not to air election results before 7PM on July 25

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has requested media to follow its  code of conduct during the July 25 general elections and do not air or announce results before 7PM, ARY News reported. According to a statement issued by the ECP, Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Muhammad Baig met the ECP Secretary and assured the election body of its full cooperation during the July 25 polls. The Secretary ECP, through PEMRA chief, requested media not to air election results before 7PM on…