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What’s with the affidavit and why do politicians not want to fill it for the elections?

Everyone has been talking about the affidavit. We know a number of politicians who want to stand in the election are in trouble because of this affidavit. Many of them didn’t submit the affidavits or gave in incomplete ones to the ECP. To start with, what’s in the affidavit? In it, you have to declare…

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PTI challenges NA-53 returning officer’s decision against Imran Khan

PTI challenged on Wednesday the decision of the returning officer for Islamabad’s NA-53, who rejected Imran Khan’s papers for not completing an affidavit. On Tuesday, the returning officer for Islamabad’s NA-53 rejected the PTI chief and former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s nomination papers. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, Imran and Abbasi did not…

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ECP decides to conduct July 25 polls under army’s supervision

The Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to conduct July 25 elections under the supervision of the army. The ECP has written a letter to the Defence Ministry seeking deployment of 350,000 military personnel for the elections. The letter said that military personnel would be needed to maintain law and order situation across the country….

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On last day of scrutiny, Imran Khan awaits ECP clearance over Sita White issue

PTI chief Imran Khan planned to contest the election from five National Assembly seats. Rivals have, however, challenged his candidacy over the Sita White issue. Khan filed his nomination papers for NA-35 in Bannu, NA-53 in Islamabad, NA-95 in Mianwali, NA-131 in Lahore and NA-243 in Karachi. NA-53 in Islamabad Abdul Wahab Baloch, a leader…

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Sindh CM among 121 others on list of foreign nationals: ECP

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has completed the scrutiny of the candidates for the general elections. As part of the scrutiny process, the Federal Investigation Agency submitted a list of 122 candidates who are foreign nationals. The names will also be forwarded to the returning officers. The list comprises 50 candidates for the National Assembly,…

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Army to guard all polling stations, says ECP

Pakistan Army soldiers will be stationed inside and outside all polling stations, announced an Election Commission of Pakistan representative on Thursday. The security personnel will have to follow a code of conduct, he said. In the future, the ECP will coordinate with the National Counter Terrorism Authority in relation to security-related matters. The provincial governments…

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Milli Muslim League cannot register as a political party

The Election Commission rejected on Wednesday Milli Muslim League’s (MML) application to register as a political party. The Milli Muslim League (MML) was launched last August to contest the July 25 elections, which will be only the second democratic transfer of power in Pakistan’s history. But the group was blacklisted by the US in April…

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100 bank defaulters emerge as election body vets 12,000 people who want to stand for election

The Election Commission has begun vetting the nomination papers of more than 12,000 candidates. At least 100 of them have so far emerged as bank defaulters. The election regulatory body has scrutinised more than 7,000 nomination papers so far. It shared the details of prospective candidates with the Federal Investigation Agency and State Bank of…

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Dr Farooq Sattar to launch ‘Southern Sindh Province Movement’

MQM-P’S Dr Farooq Sattar has said that he is going to launch “Janoobi Sindh Sooba Tehreek” (Southern Sindh Province Movement). This pronouncement came on Monday when a court declared that he could no longer run the party. He lost an appeal to Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui. The two men were running their own factions of…

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ECP freezes local governments’ development funds to ensure fairness in polls

The Election Commission of Pakistan has frozen the development funds of all the local governments till the next elections. The developments funds would remain frozen till the results of the general elections are announced. According to an ECP spokesman, the development funds of all the local governments in all the four provinces, Islamabad and Cantonment…

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ECP amends election schedule

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has pushed forward the final scrutiny date for nomination forms from June 14 to June 19. The ECP will accept appeals against returning officers’ decisions till June 22 and the appeals will be decided by June 27. The list of candidates will be displayed on June 28, while the…

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ECP rejects PML-N’s reservations over Askari’s appointment as Punjab CM

The Election Commission of Pakistan has rejected PML-N’s reservations over the appointment of Hasan Askari Rizvi as Punjab’s caretaker Chief Minister. “The appointment of caretaker Punjab CM could not be challenged,” ECP spokesman Nadeem Qasim told SAMAA anchorperson Shahzad Iqbal. “Article 224 of the constitution gives the ECP complete authority to take a decision on…

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ECP to appoint caretaker CMs in Punjab, Balochistan

The Election Commission will decide on names for caretaker chief ministers of Punjab and Balochistan as parliamentary committees of the two provinces have failed to reach consensus. Both the assemblies completed their constitutional term on May 31, according to Election Commission. The chief ministers and opposition leaders of the two assemblies had to decide names…

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Justice (retd) Dost Muhammad is KP’s caretaker CM

Election commission has appointed Justice (retired) Dost Muhammad Khan as caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to see the province through the elections scheduled for July 25. Election Commission announced it on Tuesday morning after a meeting wherein the election body finalised the name. Speaker KP Assembly had referred four names to the commission after…

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ECP issues revised schedule for nomination papers

The Election Commission has issued a new schedule for accepting nomination papers from candidates contesting the July 25 general election. According to ECP, the nomination papers will now be accepted from June 4 to 8. The names of candidates will be published on June 8. The process of scrutiny of candidates will be completed by…

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Election body goes to Supreme Court against high court rulings, raising delay fears

The Election Commission has decided to go to the Supreme Court against decisions taken by the high courts, setting off fears that the elections may be postponed. PPP will not let elections be delayed: Sherry Rehman Leader of Opposition in the Senate, Sherry Rehman, said that it seemed as if the elections were about to…

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ECP calls emergency meeting to discuss court verdicts

An emergency meeting of Election Commission is being held in Islamabad today (Saturday) to discuss recent rulings by high courts. The court ruling have rocked the election schedule and put a question mark on the fate of the coming general elections. Yesterday, Lahore High Court annulled the nomination papers prepared by the Parliament for contesting…

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ECP issues election schedule

Secretary Election Commission Babar Yaqoob on Thursday announced schedule for July 25 general elections in Pakistan. Speaking to reporters, Yaqoob said the elections for national and provincial assemblies will be held on July 25. The period of filing of nomination papers is set from June 2 to 6. The process of scrutiny of candidates will…

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ECP official addresses fears of delay in elections

Although the government has announced polling date and the Election Commission has allotted symbols to political parties, some political leaders still fear delay in elections. Over the past few months, key political leaders, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Imran Khan, Syed Khursheed Shah and Maulana Fazl Urrehman, between the lines gave vent to their…

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US unaware if it would send observers for July 25 election

The State Department spokesperson said she was unaware if the country would send any observers to Pakistan for the upcoming election. The country polls its next government into power on July 25. International analysts visited the country to observe the last general election that happened in 2013. “I’m not aware if we would send any…

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ECP says objections over delimitations being heard, won’t affect elections

The ECP said the objections over the delimitations are being heard and the issue wouldn’t affect the general elections. Nadeem Qasim, the ECP spokesperson, said the Election Commission has completed its preparations and the polls would be held on July 25 as announced a few days ago. “The delimitations were conducted as per the law…

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