ECP approves 19 new parties; one million new voters
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.