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Printing of poll papers for normal elections to be accomplished by February 2: Pakistan Election Commission

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A view of the Election Commission of Pakistan in Islamabad. File
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“Pakistan’s election authorities have said that printing of ballot papers for the February 8 general elections would be complete by February 2,” in keeping with a media report on January 30.

Pakistan goes to the polls for the National Assembly and 4 provincial legislatures subsequent Thursday and the election campaigning is occurring in full swing. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) mentioned the supply of poll papers with the assistance of safety personnel was below means concurrently within the 4 provinces because the printing of poll papers could be accomplished by February 2, The News International reported.

“The printing of ballot papers, which is being done in three government presses, is going on satisfactorily,” the report mentioned.

“The printing work, which started on January 16 after the allotment of election symbols by returning officers (ROs), will be completed in the next four days, i.e. by February 2,” the newspaper quoted an ECP spokesman as saying.

He mentioned that on the identical time, with the assistance of safety businesses, ROs and district administrations, the supply of poll papers has began for the 4 provinces. These deliveries are being executed each by highway and air.

The spokesman additionally identified that from January 29, individuals have been offered 8300 SMS companies to get details about their polling station amongst different info. Voters must ship their identification card quantity to 8300 to get their vote info.

All voters have been requested to get particulars of them and their household’s vote on time in order that they don’t face any issues in polling stations.

Meanwhile, the fee has to date accomplished the coaching of 9,70,000 polling workers out of 9,76,000 required polling workers, which is 96% of the entire required quantity. The coaching of the remaining 6,000 polling personnel will likely be accomplished within the subsequent 4 days.

Separately, taking quick discover of the information circulating in some sections of the media {that a} group of Ulemas in Kohistan has allegedly issued a fatwa banning ladies from campaigning, the Commission instantly sought a report from the district monitoring officer of Kohistan Upper.

The official clarified in his report that the information was not true and this was a results of false impression.

However, the spokesman mentioned the Commission needed to make it clear that if a girl was prevented from campaigning or voting within the constituency involved throughout the upcoming elections, it might take motion below Section 9 of the Elections Act and the ballot course of within the constituency may be declared null and void.

Meanwhile, the ECP has taken be aware of incidents of clashes and firing between two political events in Karachi over flag hoisting and snatching of postal ballots within the Swabi district.

The Commission has sought experiences from the Chief Secretary and the police chief involved in order that motion may be taken in opposition to these concerned in these incidents below election legal guidelines, a information report mentioned.

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