NA-133 by-election to be held as per schedule: ECP


The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has mentioned that no proposal is into consideration to postpone the NA-133, Lahore by-election.

An ECP spokesperson mentioned in a press release that the by-election could be held in NA-133 on December 5, as per schedule.

However, “if the situation changes, the ECP may take further action in this regard”, he concluded.
The Punjab Home Department had written a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan for the postponement of NA-133 by-election, citing safety state of affairs as the rationale.

The letter said that the provincial authorities was dedicated to make all-out efforts to carry free and truthful polls in a secure and safe atmosphere, however the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan had began a violent lengthy march in the direction of Islamabad to press the federal government for acceptance of their calls for.

“These protesters are seriously undermining the safety and security of lives and properties of public at large. Consequently, several police personnel have been martyred and seriously injured in the ongoing violent protest so far,” it said.

Meanwhile, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Chairman Tariq Malik mentioned that the registration of feminine voters has elevated by 40% within the final 100 days as a result of in depth marketing campaign and utilisation of technical and different assets.

Briefing the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, who visited NADRA headquarters, he mentioned that efforts have been being made to expedite the registration course of of ladies to achieve 100% registration goal.

Members of Election Commission of Balochistan and Sindh, Election Commission secretary, and others have been additionally current.

Malik mentioned that since 2017, the gender hole in registration has been diminished from 19% to 10%.

He gave an in depth briefing to the CEC on the preparation of clear and error-free voter lists, registration of ladies and minorities on the idea of ‘One Man, One Identity and One Vote’ in collaboration with each Election Commission.

Malik mentioned the hurdles within the registration of ladies have been being eliminated by taking varied measures together with institution of women-only centres, devoted day for registration of girl voters and on-line registration companies to feminine voters.

The NADRA chairman mentioned the registration of minority communities was additionally being facilitated.
The CEC reviewed the assorted levels of preparation of voter lists and likewise visited varied amenities of NADRA.

The CEC appreciated the efficiency of NADRA within the preparation of clear voter lists and the steps being taken for the registration of ladies. He assured Election Commission’s cooperation and help to NADRA to extend registration of feminine voters. (With enter from APP)

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