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Election forms, documents found at ‘tandoor’ in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: An unusual sight was witnessed at a local tandoor (open hearth) in Islamabad where hundreds of election documents and forms were found to be in use at the shop.

According to Election Commission of Pakistan spokesperson Nadeem Qasim, the appearance of such forms at the shop was a conspiracy against the commission and part of an effort to make the general election disputed.

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The tandoor, where election documents were found, is located in the F-6 area. The residents were shocked on Sunday when they bought bread from a tandoor and received them wrapped in forms and other documents apparently issued by the ECP for use in the elections.

One of the forms was titled ‘Reporting Format for Election Training’ dated July 9 that shows the number of male and female presiding and assistant presiding officers who attended the training.

The ECP spokesperson insisted that forms could not be leaked and it was possible that someone created its facsimile to malign the election commission.

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Winning candidates asked to vacate additional seats today

ISLAMABAD: The winning candidates who returned on more than one National or provincial assembly seats in the July 25 polls have to vacate all but one seat before oath-taking. 

They are required to apprise the Chief Election Commissioner or provincial election commissioners about their decision today.

The candidates will have to retain only one seat they want before they are sworn in as legislators.

PTI Chief Imran Khan, who clinched all five National Assembly seats he contested the general elections 2018, has announced to retain his hometown, Mianwali, seat.

He was declared elected on NA-53 (Islamabad), NA-35 (Bannu), NA-243 (Karachi), NA-131 (Lahore) and NA-95 (Mianwali).

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif is said to have decided to retain NA-132, Lahore and vacate two Punjab Assembly seats.

Whereas, his son, Hamza Shehbaz, is said to have decided to vacate NA-124 (Lahore) and retain Punjab Assembly seat, PP-146.

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PTI leader decides to challenge re-election in Shanlga

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shaukat Yusufzai on Sunday said he will challenge the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to declare void the election on a provincial assembly seat, PK-23, Shangla. 

In PK-23, Shangla, where the PTI leader emerged victorious, the election was declared void because only 5% of the voters were women against at least 10% of the total votes cast in the area as required by the Election Act 2017.

Speaking to ARY News, he said the ECP’s declaring null and void the election over low female voters’ turnout is beyond comprehension.

He said the decision negates the truth, announcing to take the matter to a high court.

Mr Yousufzai said no candidate contesting from the constituency had complained of low turnout of female voters.

About the formation of the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said a party meeting in this regard will be held today.

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ECP issues Imran’s victory notification from NA-53

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a notification declaring Imran Khan as triumphant from the Islamabad constituency NA-53.

Khan had emerged victorious from NA-53 bagging 92,891 votes against ex-prime minister and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who could only bag 44,314 votes.

The ECP published the name of Mr. Khan as candidate returned to the National Assembly as a result of General Election, 2018 from the aforementioned constituency.

According to ECP, the notification has been issued in pursuance of sub-section (1) of Section 98 of the Elections Act, 2017. The victory declaration was withheld as a case pertaining to violation to ECP’s code of conduct was being heard against him. The ECP yesterday cleared him in the ballot secrecy violation case and subsequently notified him as winner.

On August 9, the ECP had issued the victory notification of Imran Khan’s NA 131-Lahore constituency that was earlier withheld due to pending dispute in the court.

According to the ECP, the notification was issued in the light of Supreme Court orders.

The Lahore High Court on Aug 4 had ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to withhold Imran Khan’s victory notification from Lahore’s NA-131 constituency.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique, who lost election to the PTI chief with a small margin, had approached the court arguing that ECP only counted rejected votes over his recount plea.

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