Islamabad (July 24, 2018): The Election Commission has announced public holiday on 25th of this month in the country on the occasion of general elections.
According to ECP spokesperson, notification for holiday on the day general elections has already been issued. According to which all government, autonomous and private organizations will be closed on July 25.
The notification says public holiday has been declared to enable voters to exercise their right to franchise freely and conveniently.The polls are set to take place on Wednesday from 8am to 6pm throughout the country. Sources said this is the first time the polling duration has been extended across the board in the country’s electoral history.
The polling time will be extended only in a situation of extreme emergency on the day of the election, the ECP had noted.Earlier Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Thursday that all district returning officers (DROs), returning officers (ROs) and presiding officers (POs) have been given First Class Magistrate powers until the final election results are announced.
Provision of the powers means that all DROs, ROs and POs will have the right to instantly award punishments to people if they find them violating the law.Earlier today, the ECP also announced that voters will not be allowed to bring their mobile phones to the polling stations.The commission also responded to criticism and clarified that security forces are being given the same powers as in every other election.