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With polls months away, ECP comes up with key amendments in election guidelines



ISLAMABAD: The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday prompt a number of amendments to the election guidelines.

Because the political events gear up for contesting the overall elections, the ECP outlined the modifications, a few of which recommend new obligations for the candidates. The ECP has proposed amended guidelines together with rule 51, 52(3), 56(3), 66(4), 71(2), 84(4), 85(2), 87(2), 134(1), 134(2), 134(2A), 134A, 137(1), 143(1), 143(4), 158(1), 158(3), 161(1), Form41(g), Form41(h)(ii), Kind 67, Kind 68, and Annexures, and Kind 69.

A notification issued by the ECP acknowledged that Part 239 of the Election Act, 2017, empowers the fee to make guidelines for the conduct of polls.

“[…] in view of various situations and to resolve the predicaments arisen with time, the Election Fee has carried out numerous amendments in guidelines,” it acknowledged.

The electoral watchdog additionally gave a deadline for the objections on the proposed modifications, which will be submitted by October 7.

In keeping with the important thing proposals, the candidates can be required to function a separate checking account for ballot bills.

“Supplied {that a} candidate shall open an unique checking account or dedicate an current checking account already opened with a scheduled financial institution to take care of transactions of election bills and shall connect an announcement of the stated checking account beginning with entries of seven days previous to the election schedule with the nomination papers for election to an Meeting or the Senate on Kind A. The checking account so opened or devoted shall not be a joint signatory account.”

The candidates will deposit the sum of cash with an software for contest within the nationwide treasury, and it’ll not be refundable.

“And thereafter sub-rule (4) of rule 52 shall stand omitted.”

The candidates will preserve a register of receipts and funds and all monetary data and particulars to assist each fee made in respect of election bills, and submit them to the returning officer “in Kind C appended to the Act”.

Furthermore, if a candidate permits one other particular person to bear his election bills on his behalf, they have to additionally preserve document/particulars of it.

“[…] preserve document/particulars of election bills incurred for his election marketing campaign by that particular person displaying his identify, copies of NIC/NICOP (resident of Pakistan having Pakistani NIC or abroad Pakistani holding NICOP) issued by NADRA, forms of bills incurred, supply of revenue of the particular person, tackle, telephone quantity.”

The ECP will reconcile the entire sum of bills recorded in Kinds C, 67 and 68 inside the permissible restrict of the election bills of the returned candidate.

The RO will publish the listing of contesting candidates with their respective symbols at some conspicuous place in his workplace, furnish a duplicate of it to the contesting candidate, district election commissioner, provincial election commissioner and to ECP, which is able to add it for show on its web site.

The RO will “in presence of contesting candidates and one in every of their election brokers duly authorised by such candidate as could also be current”, open the packet containing the poll papers which have been excluded from the depend by the presiding officer.

The RO will personally seal the “provisional and closing consolidated assertion of outcomes of the depend and closing consolidated outcomes” after getting ready on Kind-47, 48 and 49, respectively. Two new kinds specifically Kind-67 and Kind-68 shall be added after Kind 66.

“The Fee shall reconcile the entire sum of bills recorded in Kinds C,67 and 68 inside the permissible restrict of the election bills of the returned candidate.”

Earlier this week, in a much-awaited transfer, the electoral authority had introduced that elections can be held in January subsequent yr following the completion of the delimitation course of.

Polls have been purported to have taken place inside 90 days, however the election watchdog stated it wanted extra time to redraw constituencies following the newest inhabitants census.

“The ultimate listing of constituencies can be printed on November 30. After that, the elections can be held within the final week of January 2024, after a 54-day election programme,” the fee stated in an announcement.

Amid requires holding elections inside the 90-day stipulated time, a senior official on the ECP dominated out the potential for polls within the constitutionally mandated interval even when the delimitation train is halted.

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KP witnessed 563 terror incidents in 2023, reveals report



PESHAWAR: The Anti-Terrorism Division (CTD) on Thursday launched a report on the fear incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2023.

In line with the CTD report, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed as many as 563 terror incidents this yr. Out of 563 incidents, police had been focused 243 occasions.

In line with the report, the very best 132 incidents of terrorism had been reported in Dera Ismail Khan, 103 incidents in Khyber and 89 terror incidents had been reported in Peshawar?

The report additional revealed that 86 occasions terrorists attacked North Waziristan and 50 occasions South Waziristan? The report additional stated that as many as 837 terrorists had been taken into custody.

The best variety of arrested outlaws was from Peshawar 245.

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Sindh broadcasts winter holidays for colleges



KARACHI: The Sindh authorities on Thursday introduced winter holidays for personal and authorities colleges and different instructional establishments, throughout the province.

In line with a notification issued by the Sindh Schooling and Literacy Division, the winter holidays will begin from December 22 to December 31.

All private and non-private training establishments within the province will stay closed as a result of winter holidays from December 22 to December 31.

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COAS, Kuwaiti Crown Prince talk about issues of mutual curiosity



KUWAIT Metropolis: Chief of Military Employees Basic Asim Munir on Wednesday referred to as on Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and held an in depth assembly with him involving discussions on issues of mutual curiosity.

The Military Chief was accompanied by Minister for Regulation and Justice and Minister for Local weather Change and Environmental Coordination Ahmad Irfan Aslam.

The assembly was additionally attended by Pakistan Ambassador to Kuwait Malik Mohammad Farooq.

Earlier, COAS Basic Asim Munir arrived in Kuwait, accompanied by a navy delegation on an official go to that can final a number of days.

Upon his arrival, he was acquired by His Excellency the Chief of Basic Employees of the Military, Main Basic Engineer Dr. Ghazi Hassan Al-Shammari, and quite a few senior military officers.

In the meantime, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar and Crown Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah met on Wednesday and agreed to deepen bilateral relationship between their nations in various fields.

The prime minister reaffirmed the significance Pakistan attaches to its relationship with Kuwait and reiterated the will to additional increase bilateral cooperation in various fields, the PM Workplace’s media wing stated.

PM Kakar underscored the resolve to forge deeper financial engagement between Pakistan and Kuwait-including in commerce, vitality, data expertise, labour, mineral and investments.

The Crown Prince of Kuwait reciprocated the emotions of the Prime Minister and reiterated the will of Kuwaiti management to additional deepen and broaden bilateral relations with Pakistan.


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