ECP says April 15 last date to re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions for postal bal­lots

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The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) has fixed April 15 as last date for re­ceipt of ap­pli­ca­tions for postal bal­lot pa­pers for gen­eral elec­tions to Na­tional As­sem­bly and pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies.

Ac­cord­ing to the ECP, this fa­cil­ity is be­ing ex­tended only to per­sons in the government ser­vice, mem­bers of armed forces, hold­ers of pub­lic of­fices, their wives and such of their chil­dren as are reg­is­tered vot­ers and or­di­nar­ily re­side with them pro­vided that they are sta­tioned at a place other than the con­stituency, where their votes are reg­is­tered. Per­sons de­tained in prison or held in other cus­tody are also en­ti­tled to vote by postal bal­lot. Sim­i­larly, the last date in this be­half for such polling per­son­nel and po­lice per­son­nel as are posted at a polling sta­tion other than one at which they are en­ti­tled to cast their vote, has been fixed at April 25, 2013.

Per­sons who are ap­pointed to act as Pre­sid­ing Of­fi­cers, As­sis­tant Pre­sid­ing Of­fi­cers and Polling Of­fi­cers and the Po­lice Per­son­nel who are as­signed du­ties at the polling sta­tions, have been ad­vised to ap­ply for postal bal­lot by April 25, 2013 by which time their ap­point­ments as polling per­son­nel are ex­pected to have been fi­nal­ized. The ECP has ex­plained that ap­pli­ca­tions for postal bal­lot should be made on the pre­scribed form with the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer of the con­stituency in which such per­sons, are en­rolled as vot­ers. Forms for postal bal­lot can be ob­tained from any Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer. The vot­ers to whom postal bal­lots are is­sued will not be en­ti­tled to vote in per­son at polling sta­tions and ap­pli­ca­tions will have to be for­warded or en­dorsed by the of­fice or de­part­ment of voter to guard against unau­tho­rized per­son ap­ply­ing for postal bal­lot.

The form of ap­pli­ca­tion in­di­cates the name of ap­pli­cant, his or her fa­ther's name, or, in the case of fe­male ap­pli­cant, the name of her fa­ther or hus­band, CNIC num­ber in ad­di­tion to the ad­dress and se­rial num­ber of the elec­tor in the elec­toral roll, (with part thereof i.e. male, fe­male) along with the name of elec­toral area where he or she is reg­is­tered as voter. The num­ber and name of the con­stituency of the elec­tor has also to be given in the ap­pli­ca­tion. The ap­plica- tion should be filed or sent by post un­der the sig­na­ture or thumb im­pres­sion of the ap­pli­cant with the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer of the con­stituency, where the elec­tor has been reg­is­tered as a voter. Such ap­pli­ca­tions should, in no case, be ad­dressed to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion Sec­re­tariat at Is­lam­abad or the Pro­vin­cial Elec­tion Com­mis­sion­ers. The Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cers will send a postal bal­lot pa­per to an ap­pli­cant mak­ing re­quest for it, to­gether with one large en­velop marked "B" ad­dressed to him­self; one small en­velop marked "A" and dec­la­ra­tion form ac­com­pa­nied by printed in­struc­tions for guid­ance of ap­pli­cant.

The Com­mis­sion has stated that per­sons en­ti­tled to vote by postal bal­lot should file their ap­pli­ca­tions with the re­spec­tive Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cers for Na­tional As­sem­bly con­stituency and Pro­vin­cial As­sem­bly con­stituency sep­a­rately for each elec­tion. An elec­tor, who has re­ceived a postal bal­lot pa­per and de­sires to vote, shall record his vote on the bal­lot by writ­ing, in leg­i­ble hand, the name of the can­di­date, for whom he or she wishes to vote. For this pur­pose, a blank space has been pro­vided on the postal bal­lot pa­per. Fur­ther­more, an elec­tor, af­ter writ­ing the name of the can­di­date of his or her choice on the postal bal­lot, will place it in the smaller en­velop marked "A" and will close it and se­cure it by seal or oth­er­wise.

The elec­tor shall sign dec­la­ra­tion in pre­scribed form in pres­ence of a Gazetted Of­fi­cer or a Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cer to whom he or she will be per­son- ally known or to whose sat­is­fac­tion he or she has been iden­ti­fied, and his or her sig­na­ture at­tested by such of­fi­cer.

Af­ter the elec­tor has signed the dec­la­ra­tion and got his or her sig­na­ture at­tested, he or she will put the dec­la­ra­tion form and the smaller en­velop marked "A" con­tain­ing the bal­lot pa­per into the larger cover marked "B" and will send, af­ter clos­ing the larger cover, to the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer con­cerned by post. It must be noted that a postal bal­lot pa­per will be re­jected if it is not ac­com­pa­nied by a duly at­tested and cer­ti­fied Dec­la­ra­tion. The Com­mis­sion states that those ap­ply­ing for a postal bal­lot should also note that if the en­velop "B" con­tain­ing the dec­la­ra­tion and the en­velop "A" with bal­lot pa­per in it, reaches the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer af­ter the date and time fixed for con­sol­i­da­tion of the state­ments of the count, the vote will not be counted. More­over, if an elec­tor is il­lit­er­ate or is un­able, through phys­i­cal in­fir­mity, to write the name of can­di­date of his or her choice on a postal bal­lot pa­per and sign the dec­la­ra­tion, he or she shall be en­ti­tled to have his or her vote recorded and his or her dec­la­ra­tion signed by Gazetted Of­fi­cer or a Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cer. Such Gazetted Of­fi­cer or Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cer shall, there­upon, write the name of can­di­date in the ap­pro­pri­ate place on postal bal­lot pa­per in ac­cor­dance with wishes of elec­tor in his or her pres­ence and sign dec­la­ra­tion on be­half of elec­tor and com­plete the ap­pro­pri­ate cer­tifi­cate con­tained in dec­la­ra­tion form.

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