Nation will poll for 270 NA and 570 provincial assembly’s seats


Islamabad(Daily P.Times): Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Babar Yaqoob on Tuesday said that Nation will celebrate the democracy today and poll for 270 seats of National Assembly and 570 seats of Provincial Assemblies.
He cited concerns over fake news circulating on social media casting doubts on transparency of elections, while talking to media in Islamabad.
He added that election postponed for nine seats including NA-60, security cams installed on 1700 sensitive polling stations, 800 thousand security personnel including 350 thousand Armed Forces personnel deputed for the security at polling stations across the country.
Yaqoob further revealed that electoral body was receiving threats. He confessed to existence of security challenges pertaining to much-anticipated elections.
“Polling time will expire at 6PM on Election Day. Media can’t announce [polls] result till 7PM”, ECP secretary told reporters. He added that returning officers (ROs) will forward election results through RTS system.
On issue of recovering Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) from drain in Lahore’s NA-125 Shafiqabad constituency, the secretary responded that probe into the matter was underway. He added, “NADAR has informed electoral watchdog that all recovered CNICs have expired long ago”.
Yaqoob stated that as many as 17000 polling stations have been declared sensitive across country whereas 1.6 million staff will perform election duties on July 25.
Yaqoob claimed that voters would turnout in large numbers on election day.


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