Islamabad (June 15, 2018): The process of scrutiny of nomination papers filed by candidates for upcoming general elections is continuing.
According to the Election Commission, a total of 21,482 nomination papers have been filed across the country for general elections.
Six thousand sixty three candidates are contesting for 342 seats of the National Assembly while 15419 nomination papers have been filed for the provincial assemblies’ seats.
As per the election schedule, the scrutiny process will conclude on Tuesday next. Appeals against rejection or acceptance of nomination papers can be filed by 22nd of this month.The Appellate Tribunals will decide the appeals by 27th, after which the revised list of candidates will be published on 28th of this month.
Candidates can withdraw their nomination papers by 29th June and the electoral body will announce the final list of candidates on the same day.
Electoral symbols will be issued to candidates on 30th June while polling will be held on 25th of next month.Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan decided on last Thursday that the military will oversee printing and distribution of ballot papers for the upcoming general elections.
Speaking to media after a meeting called by the commission at the central secretariat and attended by newly-appointed chief secretaries and IGPs of the four provinces, ECP spokesperson Nadeem Qasim said the army will be providing security between June 20 to June 27 for the printing and distribution of ballot papers.
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“Keeping in view the security plan implemented during the general elections 2013, we reviewed the current security situation for the upcoming polls,” he said.
Qasim revealed that CCTV cameras will be installed in around 20,000 polling stations deemed sensitive. “The responsibility of installing the cameras lies with the provincial government,” he stressed.
“We will also take National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) on board. The polling stations will be secured inside and outside,” assured Qasim. “A code of conduct for security personnel under clause 233 of the Election Act, 2017 has also been drafted.”
The ECP representative said the provincial governments had been directed to ensure security of political leaders.Dwelling on the training of presiding officers, district returning officers, the spokesperson told media that the preparation will be begin after Eid holidays. He said a code of conduct will be drafted for officers participating in the polls, however, its implementation will lie with provincial government.
He added that the decisions undertaken were backed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan.
The timeline for declaration of sensitive and non-sensitive polling stations by district returning officers (DROs), training of security personnel and deployment of QRFs will also be discussed.
As per a revised election schedule issued by ECP on June 8, the last day to submit nomination papers was extended from June 8 to June 11.
The electoral body had earlier said that the date for submission of nomination papers was extended to facilitate political parties.
The deadline to complete the scrutiny of nomination papers was changed from June 14 to June 19.The last day to file appeals against any objection to the decisions of returning officers was extended till June 22.
The verdicts on appeals will be announced by June 27, after which, the revised list of candidates will be issued on June 28.
Candidates will be able to withdraw their nomination papers on June 29, and the electoral body will announce the final list of candidates on the same day.
The electoral symbols will be issued to candidates on June 30.
Polling will be conducted on July 25.