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ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogPictured is PPP MPA Nighat Orakzai (center) carrying a Kalashnikov assault rifle in Peshawar. ? Geo News PESHAWAR: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Nighat Orakzai was seen on Thursday visiting various polling stations in Peshawar armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle. Orakzai is a PPP member of the KP Assembly on a reserved seat for women. She visited various polling stations, both for males and females, in National Assembly constituency NA-4 Peshawar, with the firearm slung over her shoulder. Reached for comment, the KP lawmaker said the rifle is licensed and she carried it for her security, given threats to her life.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogPESHAWAR: Voting commences here in the city at 8 AM today ? declared a holiday to provide convenience to the voters ? at NA-4 constituency?s 269 polling stations in what will be marked as the first time the country uses electronic voting machines (EVMs). With posters, banners, and promotional material adorning the constituency?s roadways and the campaigning having ended two days prior, the by-election is perceived to be a litmus test for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) popularity in the province, especially in light of next year?s general elections. According to the ECP, EVMs are to be used in 100 polling booths, along with the manual voting process. The male-to-female ratio of registered voters is nearly 3:2. Six political and eight independent ones are vying for the MNA slot; they include PTI?s Arbab Amir Ayub, Asad Gulzary ? late incumbent Gulzar Khan?s son ? for Pakistan People?s Party (PPP), Awami National Party?s (ANP) Khushdil Khan, Jamaat-e-Islami?s (JI) Wisal Farooq, Tehreek-e-Labaik?s Allama Shafiq Amini, and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz?s (PML-N) Nasir Khan Moosa Zai. Real-time coverage follows after the infographic below Interactive visualization best viewed on desktop computer or devices with larger screen sizes.
LAHORE: Polling for the NA-120 constituency commenced at 8am across 220 polling stations in the Punjab capital, with the majority seeing the by-election in ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's former constituency as a major test for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The by-election is being contested by Begum Kulsoom Nawaz of PML-N, Dr Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Faisal Mir of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and Advocate Ziauddin Ansari of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), among others. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has printed 350,000 ballot papers for the constituency's 324,786 registered voters. All polling stations in the constituency have been declared sensitive by the ECP. Extra police and Rangers personnel are deployed across NA-120, with the Pakistan Army in support. The army also provided security during the printing of ballot papers and was responsible for transporting the ballot boxes and other election material to the polling stations. The polling will conclude at 5pm. LIVE UPDATES: 0845: Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin scolds policemen at a polling station for 'unnecessarily' creating issues with voters' documents, Geo News reported. Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin arguing with a policeman. Photo: Geo News 0818: PPP candidate Faisal Mir, talking to Geo News, said by evening people will see the biggest 'upset' in the country's political history. Voters line up at a polling station at the start of polling. Photo: Geo News 0800: Polling time begins at 220 polling stations across NA-120. A total of 324,786 registered voters can exercise their right to cast the ballot.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogLAHORE: All polling stations in the NA-120 constituency have been declared as sensitive, sources informed Geo News on Thursday. According to police sources, all 220 polling stations were declared sensitive to avoid any untoward incident. Extra police personnel would be deployed on polling day at all stations in addition to deployment of Rangers and Army personnel, added police sources. The NA-120 seat fell vacant after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister as a result of the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers case on July 28. A tough contest is expected between PTI candidate Yasmin Rashid and Nawaz's wife and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)'s Kulsoom Nawaz on September 17. In light of the former first lady's ongoing medical treatment in London, her daughter Maryam is spearheading the campaign in the constituency. Ballot papers for the NA-120 by-election are being printed with the process being monitored by the Army. The ECP said a total of 350,000 ballot papers are being printed for the by-poll, where 324,786 voters are registered to cast their vote. Moreover, the army will be responsible for the storage and distribution of ballot papers to the polling stations.
QUETTA: Polling for by-election in Pakistan's second-largest constituency NA-260 Quetta-cum-Chaghi started on Saturday morning. According to the provincial election commission, the polling will continue till 5pm without any break. The provincial government has announced that schools and colleges in Quetta and Chaghi will remain closed on Saturday. The seat had fallen vacant due to death of MNA Abdul Rahim Khan Mandokhail of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), who had won the General Elections 2013 on the party?s ticket. The predominantly rural NA-260 had witnessed a record high turnout of 41% during the 2013 elections. The multi-district constituency spanning Chaghi, Nushki and parts of Quetta has a total of 460,202 registered voters including 185,835 (40%) women. As many as 36,203 new voters - 18,737 men and17,466 women - have been added to the electoral rolls after the general elections 2013, making for a 10% increase. Fair and Free Elections Network (FAFEN) has deployed 26 trained observers to cover the entire constituency comprising 407 polling stations. Using detailed standardised checklists, FAFEN observers are overlooking the voting, counting and consolidation of results processes. Overall, 993 polling booths - 571 male and 422 female ? have been set up. A total of 17 candidates - nine political parties and eight independents ? are contesting the NA-260 by-election. PkMAP has not formally positioned any candidate. The Jamiat Ulema-e Islam Fazl (JUI) has given its party ticket to Haji Muhammad Usman Badini, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has fielded Munir Ahmad Baloch. The Balochistan National Party (BNP) has positioned Mir Bahadur Khan, Jamiat Ulema-e Islam Nazryati (JUI-N) Maulana Qari Mahar Ullah, Awami National Party (ANP) Malik Ibrahim Kasi, Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) Umair Mahmood Hasni, Jamiat Ulema-e Islam Sami (JUI-S) Syed M Tahir Shah Akhunzada, Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) Ahmad Ali Kohzad and Mustaqbil Pakistan (MP) gave its ticket to Zahir Shah. The constituency has witnessed an intense election campaign by JUI-F and PkMAP. The Election Commission of Pakistan has sought help from the Army and Frontier Constabulary (FC) and Quick Response Force to ensure security for the polling day. With additional input from APP
An ECP official checking a voter's identity during the PS-114 by-election. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Polling for the PS-114 by-elections began at 8am Sunday and is expected to continue unabated till 5pm. Apart from the police, around 2,000 Rangers personnel have been deployed in and around the polling stations to ensure the voting process goes smoothly in the hotly contested by-polls. During a visit to the constituency early Sunday morning, Sindh Rangers DG Maj Gen Mohammad Saeed assured voters to exercise their right of casting the ballot without fear. There are a total of 193,000 registered voters in the constituency, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan. The constituency comprises the localities of Mehmoodabad No 1 to Mehmoodabad No 6, Chanesar Goth, Manzoor Colony, Akhter Colony, Azam Basti, Kashmir Colony, Defence View and the KAECHS (Karachi Administration Employees Cooperative Housing Society). All 92 polling stations of the constituency have been declared ?sensitive? in terms of security. In a statement, Sindh IG AD Khawaja issued instructions to ensure the polling is carried out in a transparent and impartial manner. He said the relevant SHOs will remain in their areas till the voting is concluded. The provincial police chief also directed to ensure the implementation of Section 144, which has been imposed in the area in light of the by-election. Do-or-die contest The by-poll has turned into a do-or-die contest among the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement- Pakistan (MQM-P) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). In the May 2013 general elections, PS-114 was bagged by Irfanullah Marwat on a PML-N ticket but his victory was declared void by the election tribunal in July 2014. On May 11, the Supreme Court dismissed Marwat?s appeal challenging the election tribunal?s decision paving the way for the by-polls. The by-poll campaign took an interesting turn recently when Marwat announced to support the PTI, which has fielded one of its founding members, Haroon. In the 2013 polls, PML-N?s Marwat bagged 37,130 votes while MQM?s Rauf Siddiqui got 30,305 votes. Moreover, PTI?s Israr Abbasi got 13,807 votes while PPP?s Sajjad Ahmed Pappi only 3,827 votes.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan decided on Sunday to have CCTV cameras installed at all the polling stations across the country. Under the decision, that came with the General Elections only being a year away, 80,000 cameras will be bought for the purpose of surveillance. According to sources, in the first phase, cameras would be installed at the sensitive polling stations. The ECP would purchase IP Day and Night vision cameras. Along with the 80,000 cameras, 20,000 recording devices, 20,000 UPS and monitoring display devices would be bought, according to the ECP.
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