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Afghans shut out by polling station chaos return to vote

KABUL: Afghans unable to vote in Saturday’s parliamentary election after hundreds of polling stations failed to open were given another chance to cast their ballot on Sunday after voting times were extended despite security threats and warnings of fraud. Around three million Afghans voted on Saturday, election officials said but across the country there were complaints that polling stations remained closed, often because staff failed to turn up. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan issued a statement…

ECP sets up system to get early results from polling stations

NOWSHERA: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has assured that the elections will be fair, impartial and transparent and all necessary arrangements made for peaceful conduct of the polls on Wednesday (July 25). Similarly for obtaining quick results, the ECP has setup RTS and MRS system, senior member Justice (retd) Mohtarma Ershad Qaisar said this while talking to local media men here after visiting the offices of Returning Officers and reviewing progress on election arrangements in District Courts on Sunday. She…

Nearly 5,000 polling stations are devoid of basic facilities: ECP sources

ISLAMABAD: The sources privy to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) informed that a total of 4,945 polling stations lack basic facilities. Despite repetitive directives from the commission, the provincial governments didn’t ensure to cater the needs of all polling stations, the ECP officials lamented. The sources shared that about hundreds of sensitive polling station does not even have a boundary wall. Among all provinces, the situation of Sindh’s polling stations has been worst so far. There are 3,688 ramshackle…

ECP plans special security measures for highly sensitive polling stations

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has planned special security measures for 17,007 'sensitive' and 'highly sensitive' polling stations. The Commission will ensure security of voters for having better turnout and for this security plan has been prepared. According to an ECP official, at least 5,878 of the polling stations have been declared as highly sensitive in the country. The official said total 85,307 polling stations, including 23,424 male, 21,707 female, 40,133 combined and 43 improvised ones,…

Mohmand residents demand women-only polling stations for facilitating female voters

GHALANAI: Residents of Mohmand tribal district say they will allow their female family members to vote in the general elections scheduled to be held on July 25 if women-only polling stations are established. A resident of Atto Khel area of Haleemzai tehsil, Hairan Momand said that women had the right to vote, but their casting vote would depend on the security situation of the area. "If it (law and order situation) would be normal the turnout of women voters would be higher." He said in general elections 2013 all women…

17,000 polling stations in country declared ‘highly sensitive’

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared 17,007 polling stations as highly sensitive across the country. According to ECP, 5,878 of the polling stations declared as highly sensitive were from Sindh province, 5,487 from Punjab and Islamabad, 3,874 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, and 1,768 from Balochistan. The officials said that total 85,307 polling stations, including 23,424 male, 21,707 female, 40,133 combined and 43 improvised ones, would be set up in all the four provinces, Federally…

5,673 polling stations declared ‘very sensitive’ in Sindh

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared 65 per cent of polling stations and polling booths in Sindh as 'sensitive' or 'very sensitive'. According to the data released by the Commission, there are a total of 17, 747 polling stations in Sindh, out of which 5, 776 have been declared 'sensitive' while 5, 673 'very sensitive'. In Karachi, 698 polling stations and 2, 790 polling booths of East district, 237 polling stations and 1,359 polling booths of West district, 223 polling stations and 892…

Arrangements finalized to install CCTV cams at polling stations in Sindh

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan has reviewed arrangements being made by the provincial government to ensure implementation of code of conduct for the general elections 2018 and maintaining law and order in the province. ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad held a meeting with Sindh Chief Secretary Azam Suleman Khan and reviewed all the arrangements including provision of water, sewerage system, electricity and installation of closed-circuit television cameras at polling stations. The senior ECP…

Army officers at polling stations will be given magisterial powers: ECP

RAWALPINDI: Each designated officer in-charge of armed forces deployed for security at polling stations shall exercise power of magistrate first class, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Tuesday through a notification to this effect. The notification said deployment of the armed forces shall be made for provision of secure environment in conduct of election in free, fair, and transparent manner. "Military troops will be deployed inside and outside all the polling stations from July 23 to 27," it…

ECP publishes final list of polling stations

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Saturday shared on its website the list of polling stations for the general elections 2018. Voters can now check their respective polling station by visiting here. The list contains the names, addresses and marking of booths for National and provincial assemblies. Meanwhile, the ECP has also categorized the polling stations for the upcoming elections as normal, sensitive and highly sensitive, with 20,000 of them declared sensitive. Altaf Ahmed, the spokesperson of…