Possible nefarious plans to sabotage the election process

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: While Pakistan’s political parties are showing concerns about the possibilities of postponement of the elections scheduled on 25th July, the electoral body ECP, also briefed the premier over possible nefarious plans to sabotage the election process.

Ealier, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) spoke its concern over a “system” that has been making all-out efforts to get the general elections postponed.

On Sunday, a group of protesters pelted Bilawal’s motorcade with stones in Lyari.

Interestingly, The Minister Information Sindh was supported publicaly on media channels those disgruntled protesters resorted to vandalism and broken cars in Lyari.

PPP has demanded immediate removal of Sindh information minister and clarification of his statement from the caretaker Sindh chief minister.

A total of ten persons were killed and more than nine were injured in election related violence incidents since April, FaFEEN report said.

Tactics of Violence these perpetrators used blunt objects such as stones and sticks, explosive materials and firing as tactics of violence. As many as eight out of thirteen were incidents of firing and one of bomb blast, FAFEEN report said.

PTI supporters and workers resorted to violent tactics at five places in Punjab, KP and ICT while a clash among JI workers was also reported.

ECP recommended the caretaker government to set up monitoring centres in all four provinces with the assistance of security agencies.

Previously, FAFEN General Election Updates had chronicled 46 incidents of election-related violence in the country – 35 in May and 11 in April.

The ECP declared as many as 20,700 polling stations sensitive in its briefing to Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk.

The armed forces will be able to post two security officials inside and two outside the around 85,000 polling stations.

The Ministry of Defence had already agreed to provide 350,000 troops for election duties as requested by the electoral body and taken over the security of the Printing Corporation of Pakistan, which published ballot papers, from June 27 whereas it will take up election duties four days before the July 25 polls.

The ECP demanded the caretaker government to install CCTV cameras on sensitive polling stations, and to provide air support during the transportation of ballot papers to the polling stations.
Earlier, ECP in its statement announced to extend the time for polling in the July 25 general election by an hour in order to ensure the maximum participation of voters.

As per the revised timings, polling will now be held from 8am to 6pm, for a total of 10 hours uninterrupted, the first time the polling duration has been extended across the board in the country’s electoral history.

As many as 12,570 candidates will be contesting for a total 849 seats of national and provincial assemblies in the general election scheduled for July 25, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

As per data released by ECP, 3,675 candidates are standing for 272 general seats of the National Assembly, while 8,895 candidates are in the contest for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies.

The ECP data shows 1,696 candidates will contest from Punjab, 872 from Sindh, 760 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 303 from Balochistan for the 272 general seats of the National Assembly.

Of the 3,675 candidates in the run for NA seats, 44 are non-Muslims and 172 are women.

Meanwhile, 4,242 candidates, of which 174 are women and 32 are non-Muslims, will fight for 297 general seats of the Punjab Assembly.

For the 130 general seats of the Sindh Assembly, 2,382 candidates, including 91 women and 39 non-Muslims, are taking part in the poll contest.

ECP data further revealed that 1,264 will compete for 99 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seats. The number includes 79 women and 20 non-Muslims.

Moreover, 1,007 candidates, including 42 women and 22 non-Muslims, are vying for the 51 general seats of the Balochistan Assembly.

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