ECP denies proposing final date for elections

PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has denied proposing any date for the upcoming general elections.

In a statement, the electoral body said on Wednesday that neither it has proposed any date, not any final date is under consideration at this moment.

Earlier, media reports said the ECP has recommended that the 2018 general elections must be held on 25 or 26 July.

The reports said the Election Commission will send a summary in this regard to the President Mamnoon Hussain who will take a final decision in this regard.

The ECP officials said 20,498 polling stations across the country have been declared sensitive while 4,834 polling stations don’t even have boundary walls. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (Retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan chaired a meeting of the electoral body on Tuesday where officials told that 5,568 sensitive polling stations are in Punjab, 5,776 are in Sindh, 7,386 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1,768 in Balochistan.

The ECP officials said 6,942 polling stations are without electricity, 7,371 don’t have the facility of water supply, 4,322 have no central door while no bathroom exists in 4,011 polling stations.

The officials apprised that for next general elections, 86,436 polling stations will be established across the country. The District Returning Officers (DROs) will be imparted training on 15 and 16 May.

The Election Commission spokesman Altaf Khan said the staff is focusing to finalise arrangements for the polling exercise. He said the ECP has sent letters to all chief ministers to observe law and order situation during the upcoming general elections.

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