ECP wants no load shedding on 25, 26 July

Islamabad

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has directed Ministry of Water and Power not to carry out load shedding on 25th and 26th of this month. The directions have been issued in a letter written to the secretary water and power. The commission has directed the ministry to ensure uninterrupted supply of power on the polling day
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan strongly condemned the Mastung massacre and attack on a convoy in Bannu and sought reports of the incidents. The CEC sought report from the chief minister, IGP and chief secretary over the Mastung massacre. The CEC also asked for a detailed report as to why candidates had not been provided security despite time and again directives of the commission, a press release issued on Friday said. He also expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the blasts. The CEC ordered provision of foolproof security to all candidates without any discrimination in order to ensure peaceful conduct of general elections.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will use normal ink pads for taking thumb impression in the upcoming general election scheduled to be held on July 25. An official of the ECP said that Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) had been asked to prepare the ink. “This time we are not using magnetic ink for taking thumb impression, we are using normal thumb impression pad prepared by the PCSIR.”
“The credibility of magnetic ink was doubted previously and the PCSIR had been requested to prepare the quality ink,” he said. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) directed all the political parties to submit consolidated statement of their bank accounts duly audited by Chartered Accountant for financial year of 2017-18 by August 29. According to ECP, the political parties, in terms of section 210 of the Election Act-2017, are required to provide account of annual income, expensive, source of its funds and assets and liabilities. According to commission, the statement of accounts can be submitted in Form-D prescribed by the Election Act, 2017. The printed forms are available at the Election Commission Secretariat and in the offices of the Provincial Election Commissioners. Prescribed forms can also be downloaded from the ECP’s website.—Agencies

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