Karachi by-poll: Voting underway in PS-94

 

The polling for Karachi’s PS-94 (Korangi) by-election has began.

Robust competitors is predicted between MQM-Pakistan’s Syed Hashim Raza, PTI’s Muhammad Ashraf Qureshi, and PSP’s Muhammad Irfan Waheed.

The variety of registered voters within the constituency is 246,449, of which 136,808 are male voters and 109, 641 feminine votes. CCTV cameras have been put in throughout 149 polling stations.

Related: Quetta gears up for PB-26 by-election

As many as 1,200 law enforcement officials have been deployed for safety functions. Rangers have been deployed inside, whereas Pakistan Military is on standby.

The seat fell vacant after the loss of life of MQM-Pakistan’s Muhammad Wajahat. He had received the seat through the July 25 common election.

 

 

 

By-elections on 35 nationwide, provincial meeting seats in the present day

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By-elections on 35 constituencies of the nationwide and provincial assemblies are to be held on Sunday.

Over 300 candidates are contesting by-elections on 11 NA and 24 provincial meeting seats.

In Karachi’s 243, PTI’s Alamgir Khan will face MQM-P’s Aamir Chishti and PML-N’s Saad Rafique is going through PTI’s Humayun Akhtar in Lahore’s NA-131.

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is up towards PTI’s Ghulam Mohiuddin in NA-124.

One other attention-grabbing contest is predicted in Chakwal’s NA-65 the place PML-Q’s chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is going through TLP’s Muhammad Yaqoob.

Polling will start at 8am within the morning and can proceed until 5pm.

The Election Fee of Pakistan has declared 1727 polling stations extremely delicate.

Abroad Pakistanis will solid their vote for the primary time within the by-elections.

 

 

PPP rejects election results, demands resignation of ECP officials

The Pakistan Folks’s Occasion on Friday rejected the outcomes of July 25 elections and demanded resignations of the Election Fee officers.

“The Election Fee has didn’t conduct free and truthful elections within the nation,” PPP’s chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari mentioned. “We’ll report our protest in parliament.”

Bilawal mentioned he would go to parliament and battle the PPP’s case, urging different events to not go away the parliamentary and democratic discussion board.

“The PPP can be a robust opposition in parliament,” he added.

Earlier, an All Events Convention hosted by the PML-N has rejected the election outcomes and demanded re-election within the nation.

“We don’t take into account the election outcomes as public mandate. We won’t take the oath till our calls for are met,” MMA Moulana Fazl-ur-Rehman mentioned. “The opposition events would stage countrywide protests.”

“We won’t permit democracy to be taken hostage by the institution,” the MMA chief mentioned.

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif mentioned his celebration would assist MMA’s marketing campaign towards ‘worst and unprecedented irregularities’ within the elections.

Sharif, nevertheless, mentioned that he’ll announce PML-N’s plan of motion on Sunday after session with senior celebration leaders.

The convention was attended by Shehbaz Sharif, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, JI chief Siraj-ul-Haq, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali, MQM chief Farooq Sattar, QWP’s Aftab Ahmad Sherpao and others.

 

 

Transgender community says faced pushback at general election

On this image taken on July 5, 2018, Pakistani transgender unbiased candidate Nadeem Kashish (R) with different transgender candidates addresses a press convention in Islamabad. AFP

Pakistan’s transgender group confronted pushback on the nation’s basic election on Wednesday as 5 transgender candidates did not win workplace and transgender observers and voters had been blocked from polling stations, campaigners stated.

The transgender group had hoped the July 25 poll can be a step in the direction of better acceptance after 13 transgender candidates filed papers to run within the election and the Election Fee employed transgender observers for the primary time.

The nation has accepted legal guidelines giving transgender individuals higher rights than in lots of different nations together with issuing its first passport with a transgender class final yr.

Nevertheless transgender turnout remained low at Wednesday’s ballot and observers confronted troublesome work environments which the All Pakistan Transgender Election Community blamed on the Election Fee’s “failure to grasp the distinctive obstacles”.

The Election Fee of Pakistan didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Transgender observer Farzana Riaz stated she and about 25 different colleagues employed to verify polling station workers handled disabled and ladies voters with care weren’t allowed inside polling stations regardless of having official identification.

“We, as observers, got id playing cards by the election fee, however we had been nonetheless not allowed inside,” Riaz advised the Thomson Reuters Basis.

Riaz stated no transgender individuals had been allowed to vote in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – one in every of Pakistan’s 4 provinces the place there was a spate of transgender assaults in 2016 – as a result of their id playing cards didn’t match the gender they introduced as.

“However we don’t want to simply sit again. We need to take part within the electoral course of. That is our democratic proper,” stated Riaz after the election was received by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

Transgender rights grew to become distinguished in Pakistan in 2009 when the Supreme Courtroom dominated transgender individuals may get nationwide id playing cards as a “third intercourse”.

The transgender group was counted within the nationwide census for the primary time final yr, recording 10,418 in a inhabitants of about 207 million though many stated this was too low. Charity Trans Motion Pakistan estimates there are a minimum of half one million transgender individuals within the nation.

Qamar Naseem, based of the transgender group Blue Veins that skilled the election observers, advised the Thomson Reuters Basis that the nation wanted higher schooling on transgender individuals to enhance attitudes in the direction of the group.

“The wrestle has to proceed, the educational has to proceed and society has to study to just accept the transgender group,” Naseem stated.

 

 

ECP clarifies requirements for votes to be valid | Pakistan

A lady casting her vote. Picture: AFP/ File

The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) clarified on Monday as to what would rely as a legitimate or an invalid vote when the nation goes to  polls on July 25.

As per the electoral physique, a poll paper will probably be invalid if:

– It is lacking the official code mark or assistant presiding officer’s signature

– It is lacking ECP’s watermark

– It is lacking the official nine-matrix seal

– It has a paper or the rest hooked up to it

– It has stamps on multiple candidate’s election symbols

– The stamp seems equally in multiple candidates’ packing containers

Nonetheless, ECP defined a poll paper will probably be counted as a legitimate vote if the stamp seems in a number of packing containers however a distinguished portion of it’s in a specific candidate’s field.

A number of stamps on the image of a specific candidate, in addition to stamps on each the image and the identify of a candidate may also be counted as a legitimate vote, the ECP additional clarified.

Polling will begin at 8am and conclude at 6pm — a complete of 10 hours uninterrupted.

That is the primary time the polling period has been prolonged by an hour throughout the board within the nation’s electoral historical past.  

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