Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) extended on Friday the time for polling by an hour in order to ensure the maximum participation of voters in general election, said the statement released by the commission.
As per the revised timings, polling will now be held from 8am to 6pm, for a total of 10 hours uninterrupted.
This is the first time the polling duration has been extended across the board in the country’s electoral history.
Earlier, the ECP rejected on Wednesday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) request to extend polling time for the upcoming election. ECP remarked that the polling time will be from 8am to 5pm, adding that it cannot be extended.
The polling time will be extended in a situation of extreme emergency on the day of the election, the ECP had noted.