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ECP Finalizes All Arrangements To Hold Free, Fair Elections

Islamabad (July 24, 2018): Electioneering by political parties for the general election ended last night, general polls to be held tomorrow.

Over 12,570 candidates are in the run for National Assembly and four provincial assemblies.

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However, the candidates are allowed to do door-to-door campaigning today.

According to the electoral rolls, 105.96 million voters are eligible to cast the vote.

Political leaders and contesting candidates made last ditch efforts through public gatherings, corner meetings and rallies to garner maximum public support.

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In all, 85,307 polling stations have been set up across the country.

As many as 450,000 policemen and three hundred thousand army troops have been deployed to ensure security on the polling day.

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It will be a public holiday tomorrow.

ECP has issued a code of the conduct for the candidates, who are contesting general polls.

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Distribution of Polling Material to Polling Stations Begins

The process of distributing polling material to the polling stations for election 2018 across the country has begun today (Tuesday).

According to details, the concerning departments, under strict security arrangements, are dispatching the material to presiding officers at all the polling stations.

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For this purpose, the election staffs have gathered at the designated places while a special sticker has also been issued to the vehicles carrying polling material.

ECP Outlines Voting Method For General Elections 2018

The Election Commission of Pakistan has outlined the voting method for the General Election 2018 — to be held on July 25 across the country.

According to the electoral body, the ballot paper for National Assembly will be green, while white paper will be used for provincial Assemblies.

In the first stage of the polling process, the officer will check the voter’s national identity card. Following this, voter’s name will be checked in the voting list.

The polling agent will then call out the voter’s name and serial number. After the voter’s name is crossed out on the list, their thumb impression will be taken on counter files. The voter’s thumb will be marked with permanent ink.After the assistant presiding officer signs on the back of the ballot paper for the national and provincial assemblies, the voter will be issued the polling paper.

The voter will then move behind the voting screen to stamp on the candidates of their choice. The national assembly paper will then be inserted into the box with the green lid. A box with a white lid will be used to insert the ballot paper for the provincial assembly.

The polling process will start at 8am on July 25 and end at 6pm on the same day.Doors of the polling station will be closed after the voting time ends, however, any voters inside the polling station will still be allowed to cast their votes.

ECP Shows Details of Polling Stations Across The Country:

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) informed that 85,307 polling stations in all the four provinces, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the Federal Capital will be set up to facilitate voters and to ensure better turnout on the polling day.

According to the ECP, total 23,3585 male, 21,679 female, 40,236 combined and 156 improvised polling stations would be established across the country.The notification said that 47,813 polling stations would be set up in Punjab, 17,747 in Sindh, 12,634 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 4,420 in Balochistan, 797 in the Federal Capital and 1,896 in FATA.

The official further added some 360 male, 360 female and 77 combined polling stations would be established in the Federal Capital, 13,351 male, 12,716 female and 21,746 combined ones in Punjab, and 467 male, 359 female and 1,070 combined ones in FATA.Likewise, 1,252 male, 1073 female, 2,052 combined and 43 improvised polling stations would be set up in Balochistan, 4,128 male, 3,600 female and 4,906 combined ones in KP, and 3,866 male, 3,599 female and 10,288 combined ones in Sindh.

Earlier, the ECP had declared 17,007 polling stations as highly sensitive.As many as 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.

PEMRA urges media houses to exhibit sobriety while covering elections

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has asked all media houses to exhibit sobriety while covering general election 2018.

In an advisory issued, PEMRA said all the licensees are obliged to follow code of conduct for political parties, contesting candidates, election and polling agents and code of conduct of media for general election issued by Election Commission of Pakistan.It said that it is obligatory on media to inform and educate public about relevant electoral matters and motivate them to cast their votes.

PEMRA said all broadcasters should ensure balanced and impartial coverage of the election without any discrimination to any party or candidate.

Emphasizing on tolerance, the advisory said it is the duty of all media houses to promote tolerance among the public and avoid all form of expressions that may incite violence on the basis of political affiliations, and religious beliefs.

It further informed that election campaign for general elections on electronic media shall come to an end with effect from midnight tonight.ECP Releases Details, 1.6 Million Electoral Staff Will Be Deployed

ECP Releases Details, 1.6 Million Electoral Staff Will Be Deployed

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) released details about the number of polling staff and security personnel that will be working on July 25.

The election management body stated that 1.6 million electoral staff will be working on Election Day.According to the ECP, there will be 449,465 policemen deployed on the day of the election out of which 202,100 will be posted in Punjab and Islamabad while 100,500 policemen will be stationed in Sindh.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 87,269 policemen will be on duty, according to the ECP.

Moreover, there will also be 300,071 army personnel will also be deployed across the country.The notification further states that there will two members of the army posted inside the polling station while two will be posted outside.

From the ECP staff, there will be 85,307 presiding officers on duty on July 25 — one at every polling station — with 510,356 assistant presiding officers and 255,178 polling officers on duty.

ECP Issues Guidelines For ROs About Compilation of Results

Election Commission of Pakistan(ECP) had dispatched letters to the returning officers about the preparation of election results.

According to the commission, the returning officers(ROs) will prepare form number forty-five after the counting of ballots which will contain details about the votes secured by the candidates.

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Details about the unused ballot papers will be listed in form number forty-six.

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