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Media barred from entering ECP premises

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ISLAMABAD: The media has been barred from entering the premises of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). A circular issued in this regard said neither an officer would contact the media nor could the media access any office on the premises. The secret circular of banning media from entering the ECP premises has been sent to […]

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ECP wants tighter control over sharing of info with media

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Monday, through a circular, made an attempt to have tighter control over the practice of free sharing of information with the media. Interestingly, the circular contained a glaring spelling mistake: instead of writing ‘false media reports’, ‘falls media reports’ was typed in it. The circular says, “It has […]

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IHC refers matter to ECP

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Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has converted a constitutional petition, seeking fundamental right of vote for some eight million overseas Pakistanis, into representation and made reference to the newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan. Talking to The Nation here on Sunday, the counsel for the petitioner Barrister M Dawood Ghazanavi […]

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Electronic voting machines can be manipulated more easily: ECP

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Iftikhar A. Khan ISLAMABAD: An official of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) surprised members of the parliamentary committee on electoral reform on Thursday, when he told them that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were just as prone to fraud — if not more so — as traditional polling methods. ECP’s Director General Information Technology Khizar […]

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Biometric system to take six months

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INAMULLAH KHATTAK ISLAMABAD: With Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government seeking local bodies polls by November 15, top officials of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday gathered to discuss whether the commission could hold polls in the province in a short time. Official sources told The Nation that the meeting that was attended by members of […]

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No private firm printed ballot papers: PCP

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ISLAMABAD: The Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) Thursday said that ballot papers got printed only from the government presses and no private firm was involved in the exercise. Speaking to a news conference here, the corporation’s Managing Director Azhar Hussain Shamim pointed out that besides PCP, the Post Foundation Press and the Security Printing had […]

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Geo CEO rejects charge, terms it part of anti-Jang Group campaign

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KARACHI: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Geo Mir Ibrahim-ur-Rahman totally rejected an allegation levelled against him by former additional secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Muhammad Afzal Khan on Sunday. He said this allegation seems to be part of the ongoing campaign against Geo and the Jang Group. Following is the text of his statement: Afzal […]

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Sindh seeks biometric machines for LG polls

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ISLAMABAD: In a move which may delay the electoral exercise beyond 2014, the Sindh government has conveyed to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that it wants use of biometric machines in the local government elections in the province. ECP Secretary Ishtiak Ahmad Khan told reporters on Thursday after the formal launch of the ECP’s […]

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NA, Presidency block information

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ISLAMABAD: The year 2013 was tumultuous in many ways but it witnessed positive developments in terms of Right to Information (RTI) legislation in two provinces whereas the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) set an unprecedented example of transparency by displaying vital information at its website. However, compared to the ECP, the National Assembly, the house […]

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ECP tests biometric system for voter verification

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PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan with the support of the National Database and Registration Authority on Saturday tested biometric system for voter verification by holding mock polling in two local councils of Peshawar district. The mock elections were held in four poling stations, including two for men and two for women, where eight polling […]

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‘PTA’s deadline for SIM verification met’

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LAHORE: Cellular phone companies claimed on Friday to have met the Dec 20 deadline set by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to install at their outlets in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Multan and Faisalabad the biometric verification system meant for stopping the illegal sale of SIMs. The PTA had asked the companies to complete […]

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ECP reply sought on pleas against vote verification

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan and the Election Tribunal in Karachi to furnish their replies in two petitions filed by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and a Pakistan Peoples Party MNA against the verification of thumb impression of voters on ballots in their respective constituencies. A […]

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E-voting

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The Nadra chairman has announced production of an electronic machine for voting in the elections. In a country that is 30 percent literate, the introduction of such machines will complicate matters and generate further controversies. Furthermore, will the Election Commission of Pakistan be able to provide uninterrupted power supply to polling stations when our electricity […]

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Nadra to be under ECP control for three months: Nisar

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ISLAMABAD: In order to complete the process of verifying thumb impressions of voters in a transparent manner, the government has decided to place the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) under the administrative control of the Election Commission of Pakistan for three months. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said at a press conference on […]

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