ECP ap­proves 19 new par­ties; one mil­lion new vot­ers

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Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan on Tues­day ap­proved reg­is­tra­tion of 19 new po­lit­i­cal par­ties as over one mil­lion youth be­come el­i­gi­ble for reg­is­tra­tion as vot­ers whose de­tails are be­ing ver­i­fied by NADRA and the ECP.

As to­tal reg­is­tered par­ties num­ber touched the 216 mark, the ECP is fall­ing short of Elec­tion Sym­bols as 171 sym­bols were on the list at the lat­est and the Com­mis­sion is mulling to send more sym­bols to the government for ap­proval.

More­over, the sym­bol of cat has been re­moved from the list on re­quest of PML-N on grounds that it sym­bol­ized the 'Lion,' the sym­bol of their party. Brief­ing me­dia about the de­ci­sions of the ECP meet­ing, Sec­re­tary Elec­tion Com­mis­sion Ish­tiak Ahmed Khan told re­porters that the Com­mis­sion ex­pressed full con­fi­dence in the process of pre­par­ing elec­toral rolls. "It was a fair and trans­par­ent process. Lists are there on dis­play cen­ters since months and the Com­mis­sion is also pre­pared to present solid ev­i­dence in cases be­fore the Court." He said the Com­mis­sion has con­demned the bid to tar­get se­nior jour­nal­ist Hamid Mir and ex­pressed sol­i­dar­ity with me­dia for dis­pens­ing its du­ties and right to ex­pres­sion. About com­plaints of pre-poll rig­ging, he said, since the elec­tions are not an­nounced, the Com­mis­sion can­not take any ac­tion on such com­plaints. How­ever, it is tak­ing note of all that and mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

About de­lim­i­ta­tion of con­stituen­cies in Karachi, Ish­tiak Khan said, in this re­gard the first has to be taken by the Sindh government through its rev­enue de­part­ment.

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