ECP rejects political parties' request to extend polling time

05:09 PM | 25 Jul, 2018
ECP rejects political parties' request to extend polling time
LAHORE - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday turned down a request made by the various political parties, seeking one-hour extension in the polling time.

The chief election commissioner presided over a meeting in Islamabad, which was attended by the ECP secretary and four members of the electoral body.

Before taking the final decision, the ECP also sought suggestions from all the four provincial election commissioners. Announcing the decision, it added: "Polling time was already extended by one hour".

In a press release, it added that all voters present in the polling station at 6pm will be allowed to cast their votes but people will not be allowed to enter the premises of the polling stations.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami Muslim League and other political parties had moved the electoral to extend the time till 7pm.

Earlier today, the PML-N also sent a letter to the ECP asking it to extend the polling time citing the slack procedure.

According to a letter forwarded by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed to the electoral body, the request has been made citing that only three to four constituents are allowed to cast their votes at a time.

The embattled party has also quoted section 70 of the Election Act 2017 which authorizes ECP to 'extend polling hours already fixed'.

The PML-N leader has requested the electoral watchdog to extend the time by one hour, from 6 pm to 7 pm so that the voters can use their right to franchise.

We are receiving complaints on a large-scale nationwide and PML-N would appreciate if this demand of the voters is accepted to ensure that the elections are free, fair and transparent so that all the voters desirous of casting their votes are not deprived of that fundamental right, stated the letter forwarded by the Senator.

The Election Commission of Pakistan had earlier extended the polling time from 5 pm to 6 pm in June in order to facilitate the voters.


US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 20 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 20, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.35 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.85 for buying, and 358.35 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.70.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.35 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.85 358.35
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.7 74.42
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.5 205.5
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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