COAS urged nation to come out and vote undeterred
26 July, 2018
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and his wife cast their ballots in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, military’s media wing said.
The army chief urged the nation to ‘come out and vote undeterred’ in order to defeat enemy forces working against Pakistan, Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted. “We are target of inimical forces working against Pak. We’ve come a long way in our comprehensive national effort to fail them. We are united & steadfast to defeat them, and ‘TODAY’ through our ‘VOTES’. Please come out & vote undeterred’, COAS,” the tweet said.
ECP dismisses PML-N’s request for one-hour extension in polling time
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday dismissed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) request for one-hour extension in the polling time.
“We will not extend polling time anywhere in the country. Voters present in polling stations will be able to cast their votes even after 6pm,” the ECP stated.
PML-N Senator Mushahid Hussain had earlier written a letter to the chief election commissioner seeking a one-hour extension in the polling time under Section 70 of the Election Act, 2017, which authorises the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to extend polling hours.
“On the basis of reports that have been received from PML-N candidates from almost all constituencies of Pakistan, I would like to kindly request you to extend the polling time by at least one hour from 6pm to 7pm given that there are long lines of voters waiting in the queue, while only three to four persons are allowed to enter the polling station at a time to cast their vote,” the letter read.