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System for overseas Pakistanis to vote in the by-polls is ready

Registration to vote in the by-polls is underway, said the NADRA chairperson

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The by-elections will be held on October 14

The by-elections will be held across the country on October 14. The Election Commission of Pakistan has issued the by-election schedule. Nomination papers are to be submitted between August 28 and 30. The scrutiny process will continue till September 4.

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Overseas Pakistanis can vote in the by-elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan secretary, Babar Yaqoob, has said that overseas Pakistanis will be allowed to vote in the by-elections. The Supreme Court gave the ECP the green light on Friday to go ahead with this pilot project. Yaqoob told SAMAA TV that the Supreme Court has ordered that if there are any doubts…

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ECP issues Imran Khan’s NA-53 victory notification after his apology

The ECP has issued Imran Khan’s victory notification from NA-53 Islamabad after the PTI chairman tendered an apology for violating the secrecy of the ballot. Imran had cast his vote in front of cameras on July 25. The ECP accepted his apology and has taken back the notice against him. Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar…

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It’s the ECP’s job to reopen constituencies, not the PTI’s: Naeemul Haq

PTI leader Naeemul Haq said reopening constituencies for scrutiny is the ECP’s job, not theirs. He suggested that the parties leveling allegations of rigging against the PTII should protest as well as go the legal route to have their issues addressed. We protested for 126 days, he reminded them.

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JI chief slams lack of fair and free elections

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq has said that the ECP failed to hold free and fair elections. He said the opposition parties will hold a demonstration outside the ECP office on August 8 against rigging in the elections. Speaking at a party event in Quetta, Haq said fair and democratic elections are the solution to the…

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MQM candidate files petition against PTI winner from NA-254 Karachi

MQM-Pakistan’s Sheikh Salahuddin filed on Monday a petition in the Islamabad High Court against the PTI candidate who won the election in Karachi’s NA-254. Salahuddin requested the notification of the victory be withheld because he said PTI candidate Muhammad Aslam Khan’s victory was ‘bogus’. Khan won the election in the constituency by bagging 75,702 votes….

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It ain’t easy (or cheap) to get elected in Pakistan

If you want to become an elected representative and aren’t a millionaire, then we’ve got some bad news for you. Most politicians spend millions of rupees on their campaigns. The ECP capped expenditure on election campaigns at Rs2 million for provincial assembly candidates and Rs4 million for National Assembly candidates this year. Saturday (August 4)…

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First National Assembly session could be convened on Aug 13 or 14: Ali Zafar

Interim Information Minister Ali Zafar has said that the first session of the National Assembly could be convened on August 13 or 14. “The speaker, deputy speaker and prime minister will be elected on the same day,” he said, addressing a presser in Islamabad. He said the first session of the NA would be summoned…

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How much did you spend: ECP asks winning election candidates

The Election Commission has told winning candidates in the general election to submit details of their election expenses by Aug 4. In a statement on Wednesday, the commission said the returns should be filed to the returning officers who will issue notifications of the candidates’ victory. If a candidate does not give the ECP these…

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Disqualified votes more than margin of victory—but that’s nothing new ​

In 35 National Assembly constituencies the number of votes rejected or disqualified is higher than the margin of victory of the winning candidate. This data was released in election watchdog FAFEN’s Preliminary Election Observation Report. And while this may come as a shock to many, especially the losing candidate, some digging by SAMAA Digital found…

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Karachi operation was not against the MQM-P: Former governor

Former Sindh governor Muhammad Zubair has said that the Karachi operation, which was launched in 2013 against the criminal elements, was not against the MQM-P. “The MQM-P is a political reality and it cannot be dismantled,” Zubair said after a meeting with MQM leaders at their Bahadurabad office. “We have discussed Karachi’s issues and would continue…

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After four days, the election process is still not over, criticises Sindh governor

Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair said that despite the passage of four days, the election process is still not over. Speaking at a press conference on Sunday at Governor House, Zubair said the elections were managed in a way to make one particular party win. There are three ways to do this — pre-poll, polling day…

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PPP rejects election results, demands resignation of ECP officials

The Pakistan People’s Party on Friday rejected the results of July 25 elections and demanded resignations of the Election Commission officials. “The Election Commission has failed to conduct free and fair elections in the country,” PPP’s chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said. “We will record our protest in parliament.” The nationwide election held on Wednesday has…

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Rejected votes higher than margin of victory in 35 NA constituencies: FAFEN

The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has released its report on the elections, which says that despite a number of issues, there were “significant improvements in the quality of critical electoral processes in the election cycle that inspired greater public confidence”. The report, presented by FAFEN Secretary General Sarwar Bari at a press conference…

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ECP withholds NA-248 election results

The Election Commission of Pakistan has withheld the election result of Karachi’s NA-248 constituency, SAMAA TV reported Thursday night. The election commission’s Returning Officer has directed all candidates of the constituency to appear before him tomorrow (Friday), according to our correspondent. Reports said ECP made the decision upon not receiving the results of four out…

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Complete election results will be announced today: ECP

Election Commission secretary Babar Yaqoob on Thursday said that complete election results of the 2018 general elections will be announced today. “We have received 82 percent of the result from across the country. It’s being compiled and will hopefully be announced today,” he told reporters. He said that the election was held peacefully, with an…

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Video: PML-N workers storm election office in Rahim Yar Khan

PML-N workers surrounded the election commission office in Rahim Yar Khan early on Thursday after the party rejected the election results alleging “blatant” rigging. Clashes were also reported between PTI and PML-N in Rahim Yar Khan.  

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Election 2018: After PML-N, PPP also complains of massive irregularities

The PPP says its polling agents were removed from polling stations. The party held an emergency press conference on Wednesday night to air serious concerns over what it said was the removal of its polling agents from inside polling stations. Senator Raza Rabbani said that irregularities were reported from Jacobabad, Badin and other parts of…

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What’s happening behind closed doors? PML-N cries foul over election results

PML-N’s secretary information Mariyum Aurangzeb said that the party’s polling agents were removed from inside the polling stations. “What’s happening behind the closed doors? The ECP will have to answer,” she alleged. She accused the authorities of manipulating the outcome of elections, demanding the ECP to handover Form-45 to the PML-N. The authorities have withheld…

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Exclusive: The ECP control room where Pakistan election results will come

For the first time, results will be sent to the Election Commission using modern software. The Results Transmission System (RTS) of the Election Commission has been activated. Through this system, the chief election commissioner will be the first one to receive the election results. All the presiding officers who will send the results using the…

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