The Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja said the commission has ensured registration of all eligible voters in their respective constituencies as per law and registered all other eligible voters not listed in the constituencies.

“The step of the Election Commission of Pakistan has significantly increased the number of voters from 112 million to 115 million,” said Raja on Monday while addressing a ceremony in Islamabad at the ECP Secretariat on National Voters Day observed to educate people about democratic process and ensure commitment of the ECP for free, fair and transparent elections in the country.

In 2017, the country had passed a historic reforms legislation, the Election Act 2017, which limits the variation in constituency sizes according to number of voters to a maximum of 10 per cent, in line with international good practice. Before General Elections 2018, the delimitation of constituencies conducted across the country as per provisional results of 2017 consensus to achieve the target.

The ECP chief revealed that the commission has formulated a strategic plan 2019-2023 to achieve its goals while the commission was also working for the elimination of gender disparities in electoral rolls for which work was nearing completion.

The chief election commissioner reiterated that the main purpose to celebrate the day was “to educate people about democratic process”.

“The ECP is an independent and constitutional body and committed to providing equal opportunities to candidates so that people can participate in democratic process,” said Raja, adding the commission was taking several key steps to make elections free and fair.

He said conducting local body elections in a timely manner was one of the key responsibilities of the commission and preparations for such elections have been completed.

“ECP is in contact with National Command and Operation Centre regarding local bodies polls in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic,” he said, adding steps were being taken for voter education and new technology was being used in the electoral process.

He added ECP launched a pilot project in 21 districts in July to find out reasons of gender gap in voter lists which was nearing completion.

The chief election commissioner apprised the audience ECP has introduced an online complaint management system under which all complaints related to office bearer of the commission would be regularly monitored and the commission would ensure immediate relief for the complainants.

On the occasion, Raja inaugurated ECP’s tele-helpline 051-8848888 linked to the call centre service of the commission through which complainants could talk to ECP representatives.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja said on Thursday that the most serious challenge at hand was the gender gap on voters’ list and this was due to low registration of women’s NICs.

The Election Commission of Pakistan, he noted, was committed to holding free, fair and inclusive elections, which was not possible without the participation of women. He explained that in line with the Constitution; the Election Act 2017 had several provisions in the law that guaranteed women’s rights as candidates and voters. To bridge this gap between male and female voters, the ECP had taken several initiatives.

ISLAMABAD  –  Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday asked the voters to check their registration status on new voters’ lists by sending SMS with their Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number to its service 8300.

According to an official of ECP, voters can also get help from the district election offices phone numbers or the ECP helpline, besides its website.

He said that the voters can download Form-21 (registration or transfer of vote), Form-22 (objections or omission of vote) or Form-23 (correction in details) and submit with the respective offices of Form Registration Officers and Assistant Registration Officers.

He said that the updated voter lists have been displayed at the offices of district election commissioners and registration officers for general public. The commission has also updated its SMS service 8300 to assist the public, he added.

He said that ECP’s tele-helpline service is also functional at ECP headquarters to provide uninterrupted information to general public round the clock.

This helpline service with having latest digital telephonic system will assist the public while disseminating information in easy and simple way for easy understanding of people both in English and Urdu language, he added.

He said that citizens can get any information while calling ECP helpline 051-8848888 and with this they can get response from tele-computerized system.

He said that the ECP while believing on use of latest technology would continue playing its role to educate public through its awareness drives.

He added that under ECP’s third five-year strategic plan 2019-23, this tele-helpline service is an effective source of information for a large number of mobile and telephone users across the country.

He said that the chief election commissioner has directed to link the ECP’s call centre service with this system so that general public can have direct access to ECP’s representatives through telephone call.

The CEC also directed to make necessary arrangements for early inauguration of ECP’s online complaint management system for general public, which was started on experimental basis from September 9 this year, he added.

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said on Tuesday that it omitted the names of more than four million deceased voters from the voter lists in over eight years-from 2012 till date-keeping in view the related data of deceased voters provided to the electoral body by the local government authorities and the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

In the revised voters lists of 2017-2018, the names of over 800,000 deceased voters were omitted, the ECP said in a statement. In the revised voter lists of 2019-2020, the names of more than 750,000 deceased voters were omitted, the statement added.

The ECP said it has directed the LG authorities to provide the data of the deceased voters to ECP on quarterly basis in accordance with Section 43 of Elections Act 2017, so that they can be omitted from the voter lists.

Section 43 reads, “Information regarding deaths.-On the direction of the Commission, the person in charge of any register of births and deaths in a local government or other authority shall submit relevant information regarding deceased persons from that register on prescribed form to the Registration Officer concerned on quarterly basis, who shall make necessary corrections in the electoral rolls accordingly.”

On October 2, 2020, the ECP issued the final voter lists containing 115,748,753 registered voters including 64,078,616 male, 51,667,599 female, and 2,538 transgenders, showing an increase of 97,93,344 voters compared to 105,955,409 voters registered for 2018 general elections.

The male voters comprise 55 per cent of total voters registered in Pakistan, while the female voters comprise 45 percent, and transgenders 0.002 per cent, according to the voters’ data issued by the ECP.

There are 66,236,144 registered voters in Punjab including 36,371,326 male voters (55 per cent of total voters in Punjab), 29,862,932 female voters (45 per cent), and 1,886 transgender voters in Punjab (0.003 per cent), the data showed.

In Sindh, there are 24,351,681 voters including 13,443,983 male voters (55 per cent of total registered voters in Sindh), 10,907,267 female voters (45 per cent), and 431 transgenders (0.002 per cent), the ECP data showed.

In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, there are 19,533,964 registered voters including 11,076,630 male voters (57 per cent of total registered voters in KP), 8,457,201 female voters (43 per cent), and 133 transgender voters (0.001 per cent), according to the data.

In Balochistan, there are 4,801,131 registered voters including 2,753,946 male voters (57 per cent of total registered voters in Balochistan), 2,047,104 female voters (43 per cent) and 81 transgender voters (0.002 per cent).

In Islamabad, there are 825,833 total registered voters including 432,731 male voters (52 per cent of total registered voters in Islamabad), 393,095 female voters, 48 per cent, and seven transgender voters (0.001 per cent).

ISLAMABAD   –  The Punjab government has once again requested the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to delay publication of the initial delimitation of constituencies.

It is the third time the Punjab government has requested to postpone the publication of the initial delimitation of the constituencies in Punjab in order to avoid any legal complications.

According to a reliable source in ECP, the commission will examine the letter of the Punjab government in which they had asked for delaying the publications of the initial delimitation and would make the final decision in this regard.

The sources within ECP told The Nation that the Punjab government in the letter had stated that the cabinet committee would examine the names of village neighbourhood and keep the recommendations in front of the Punjab Assembly cabinet.

The ECP in its various statements has said that they have done all the homework and are fully prepared and ready for the publication of preliminary list of delimitated constituencies in Punjab; however the ECP twice delayed the publications after the Punjab government requested ECP to delay the publication.

Meanwhile, a senior official of ECP told The Nation that the Punjab government was using delaying tactics to hold the Local Government elections in the province. The official said that the ECP on August 18, 2020 had delayed the publications of the delimitations from August 21 to September 18, 2020 and they were once again asking the commission to further delay the date, official added.

It is important to mention here that the Chief Election Commissioner Raja Sikandar Sultan has repeatedly asked the provinces to play their part in paving the way for LG elections as they had already missed the due date of the elections.

The commission in this regard has held many important meetings to convince the provinces for holding the LG elections with no further delay as it was the need of the time and a constitutional duty of the commission.


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to conduct local government elections in Sindh within 120 days in accordance with the law.The direction came on a petition against non-holding of local bodies elections in the province.

The ECP counsel, Umer Lakhani, filed a statement on behalf of special secretary ECP Zafar Iqbal Hussain and submitted that the term of local government councils expired on August 30 and under Section 219 (4) of the election Act and Section 21 (3) of the Sindh Local Government Act 2013, it is the mandate of ECP to conduct local government elections within a period of 120 days after expiry of their term.

He submitted that the ECP was fully committed to conducting the local government elections following provision of notifications regarding number of seats/constituencies of the local government and requisite map, any situation beyond the control of ECP or any court order or legal hindrance.

The petitioner also produced a notification issued by the Sindh local government board showing that all offices of the elected mayors, deputy mayor, chairman, vice chairman, representatives of metropolitan committees, union committees and union councils in Sindh shall cease to exist from August 31.

The ECP counsel submitted that 120 days period for holding of elections is provided under the Section 219 of the Election Act, which starts from August 31. The SHC division bench, headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar after taking the ECP secretary on record, directed the ECP to conduct the local bodies election in Sindh within 120 days, in accordance with the law.

The petitioner, Syed Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi, submitted that the Article 140-A of the Constitution makes it incumbent to hold local bodies elections in the provinces but the provincial government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) were not taking steps to hold them.

He said the notifications to announce the elected representatives of the current local bodies were issued by the ECP on December 3 2015, December 26 2015, and January 1 2016, and according to those, the entire local bodies had completed their tenure and the elected representatives were now illegally holding their offices. He claimed that government was using delaying tactics for holding of local bodies election to usurp the Rs.78 billion funds of the Karachi.

Naqvi submitted that the provincial government was delaying the local bodies elections by not issuing a letter to the ECP. The high court was requested to direct the ECP to hold local bodies elections as per its mandate under the constitution.

ISLAMABAD, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 8th Sep, 2020 ) :An important meeting of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) with regard to third Strategic Plan 2019-2023 was held under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja on Tuesday at the ECP Secretariat.

Heads of different wings of the ECP briefed the Election Commission on the progress on the implementation of third Strategic Plan -2019-2023 of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The meeting was informed that the third Strategic Plan of ECP intends to enable compliance, in letter and spirit, of the Election Act, 2017, facilitate the participation of stakeholders in electoral processes, to deliver inclusive elections that people trust, help staff and offices across the organization to develop a common understating of where the ECP currently stands, a shared vision of where it plans to be over the next five years and what strategies it will employ to attain its strategic goals within the given timelines.

It was apprised that the strategic plan would assist the ECP leadership to monitor progress against set targets and adopt timely measures to address any hurdles that may be impeding or delaying progress, facilitate the ECP in assessing resource needs, rationalize and prioritize resource allocation for greater efficiency and identify and prioritize entry-points for assistance and support from international development partners.

MULTAN: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started preparations for local government polls under the new LG system and constituted delimitation committees headed by respective District Election Commissioners, it is learnt.

Neighborhood councils in cities, urban areas and village panchayat councils would be established in rural areas. The local government department has started delimitations for neighborhood councils and village panchayat councils, officials said. This was disclosed at a high level meeting held here at circuit house on Monday. Briefing the participants Multan LG Director Imtiaz Kitchi said the ECP has constituted delimitation committees headed by DEC and the delimitation process would start from July 27 on a regular basis. Initial lists of delimitations would make public on August 21. The objections against delimitations would receive from August 22 to September 6 and decision on objections will be made until October 5. The final lists of delimitations would be released on October 13, Imtiaz Kitchi said. The Multan district consists of one metropolitan corporation, two municipal committees, six town committees and three tehsil councils. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Amir Khatak said numbers of 455 Mozas are part of the district including 275 Mozas in Multan tehsil Sadar, Shujabad 107 and Jalalpur Pirwala 73 Mozas. Each neighborhood council and village council would consist of 15,000 and 20,000 population, respectively. The numbers of general, minority and women seats would depend upon size of population. The neighborhood and village council chairpersons would be elected through direct and non party elections. Punjab Minister Energy Dr Akhtar Malik, MNA Ahmed Hassan Dehr, Mian Tariq Abdullah, barrister Wasim Khan Badozai and others also spoke on the occasion.


Even though the local government system in the province was dissolved two years ago, the provincial government has yet to decide when it will next hold local body polls.

The Punjab government has yet to start the delimitation process under the new local government system it had rolled out last year.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court (SC) is expected to start hearing petitions filed against the early dissolution of the local bodies in Punjab from August 4.

In the application, the petitioners have sought permission from the court to allow them to work until February 2022, the stipulated period for their elected terms before the previous local government system was scrapped mid-term. They further maintain that elections under the new LG system should take place after their constitutional term ends. The local bodies’ elections, on a political basis, were organised for the first time in the history of the province in 2015.

The tenure for the local governments was to be completed on December 31, 2021. However, on May 4, 2019, the government dissolved the local bodies before the completion of their tenure.

Following this, the Punjab government promised to conduct fresh elections within a year and handed over the affairs of the local bodies to the district administrators.

LAHORE, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 6th Jul, 2020 ) :Provincial Election Commissioner (PEC) Punjab, Ghulam Israr Khan said that accurate enrollment of all eligible voters and preparation of updated lists were most important pre-requisite for holding transparent elections.

He was addressing a workshop for initiating a pilot project with the aim to reduce difference between the number of male and female voters in electoral lists.He informed that across the country there was “a difference of 12.7 million” between male and female voters in current electoral lists.

He said that reduction of the gender gap was not only the responsibility of the Election Commission but of other institutions as well. ” NADRA and civil society should also play their role in this regard”, he added.

PEC Punjab said that the project had been initiated with the aim to know the reasons of the gender gap and ensure enrollment of all eligible voters, especially women.

The pilot project would be completed by August 31 and six districts were selected for the purpose in Punjab.

He said that the role of all registration officers, assistant registration officers and related institutions was very important for the project.

On the occasion,Additional director general gender affairs Nighat Siddique highlighted the significance of the workshop and said that district election commissioners would supervise the project work in their respective districts. “They would provide training to assistant registration officers and other staffers besides ensuring supply of necessary material”, she added.

The provincial election commissioner gave certificates to all the participants at conclusion of the ceremony. District election commissioners and provincial Election Commission officers attended the workshop.

PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan has raised objections to a recent ordinance of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government that delayed the local body elections in the province for two years and declared the move a violation of the local government law and the Election Act, 2017.

The elections were delayed by the provincial government through the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Epidemic Control and Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020, promulgated on May 12.

The ordinance meant to provide for the prevention and control of infectious diseases in the province, to implement and enforce a mechanism to control the spread of such diseases and to provide relief to the people in an emergency situation.

The law also provides for delaying the holding of the local government elections by extending transition period of switching over to new local government system introduced in April last year from six months to two years.

Through the ordinance, Section 120-A of KP Local Government Act, which was introduced last year for drastically changing the previous LG system, has now been amended to provide two years’ time instead of six months for all administrative actions for giving effect to the new local government system.

It further declares that the election of any local government shall not be conducted during the currency of declaration of the infectious disease.

The ECP has raised objections through a letter sent to the provincial local government department.

“—the extension of transition period for two years by a provision of KP Epidemic Control and Emergency Ordinance is not in conformity with Local Government Act 2013 and Elections Act, 2017 and the same may be reviewed and needful may be done as per law,” read the commission’s letter.

The ECP sought compliance report from the government.

The last local government setup in the province was dissolved on Aug 28 after its four years tenure and under the Election Act 2017, the polls should have held before Dec 27, 2019.

Under Section 219(4) of Elections Act, 2017, the ECP is bound to hold elections to the local government within 120 days of the expiry of the term of the local government of a province, cantonment areas and Islamabad Capital Territory.

Moreover, the ECP shall, in consultation with the federal or provincial government, make an announcement of the date on which the elections to a local government shall be conducted in a province.

“Both the provincial and federal laws are contradictory to each other regarding the holding of elections in KP. It is an election diarchy,” a senior ECP official told Dawn.

He said politicians of the province were required to raise the issue on all available forums.

“Who will fill the vacuum in the absence of local bodies for so long?”

The official said the government should clarify which law would prevail regarding elections and how two different laws would be implemented on one subject.

When contacted, special assistant to the chief minister on local government Kamran Bangash said the government had the legal mandate to make such legislation.

He said under the Election Act, 2017, the Election Commission of Pakistan was to consult the provincial government before holding polls.

“We will respond to the ECP in a day or two with the views that the provincial government has a mandate after the 18th Constitutional Amendment to make necessary legislation according to the prevailing circumstances,” he said.

ISLAMABAD, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 10th Jun, 2020 ) :The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday declared Sania Kamran wife of Sheikh Muhammad Kamran from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as returned candidate on the seat reserved for women in the provincial assembly of Punjab.

According to ECP, the notification was issued in pursuance of the provisions of Clause (6) of Article 224 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan read with Section 104 of the Elections Act, 2017.

The seat fell vacant due to death of MPA Shaheen Raza from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja on Wednesday called for taking urgent measures to bridge the gap between male and female voters.

Presiding over a meeting here, he issued directives to officers concerned to get details of all CNIC holders missing out of electoral rolls from Nadra.

He also ordered an exercise in coordination with Nadra and other relevant institutions to ascertain the reasons for the whopping gap which has climbed to over 12.5 million.

He said that a comprehensive strategy should be devised to remove the gender gap among voters and a swift implementation of the same.

The CEC asked the gender and electoral wings of the commission to identify areas with huge gap between male and female voters.

He said voters’ registration should be started in these areas on an emergency basis under a cohesive strategy to bridge the gap between male and female voters. He said a public awareness campaign should also be launched in this respect.

Earlier, additional director general (gender affairs) gave a detailed briefing to the CEC on gap between male and female voters.

Details of the revised electoral rolls released by the ECP in April last year revealed that the gap between male and female voters has widened to 12.54 million, with just two districts of Punjab accounting for over one million of the difference.

The district-wise statistics of voters showed Lahore district continuing to be in the lead with a gap of 616,945 between male and female voters, who numbered 3.05m and 2.43m respectively.

In Faisalabad, the number of male voters according to the list was 2.47m and that of women a little over 2m, reflecting a gap of 479,484.

The 20 districts with the largest gender gaps include 17 districts of Punjab, two of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one of Sindh.

In Gujranwala, the number of male voters is 1.57m compared to 1.2m women voters; the difference between them comes to 368,557.

In Rahim Yar Khan, the number of male and female voters is 1.38m and 1.04m, respectively; the difference is 342,744.

In Karachi (West), the difference is 334,227 as the district has 1.02m male and 691,870 women voters.

In Sheikhupura, the number of male voters is slightly over a million with 735,651 women. The difference is 271,121.

In Sialkot district, the number of male voters is 1.32m with 1.06m women. The difference is over 260,000.

Kasur and Peshawar are next in line with a gap of 262,544 and 261,140, respectively.

There is a gap of 230,673 in Bahawalnagar, 222,582 in Multan, 221,513 in Sargodha, 212,445 in Vehari, 211,372 in Bahawalpur, 209,262 in Okara and 202,363 in Khanewal.

In Mardan, the gap is a little short of 200,000, while Jhang, Gujrat and Rawalpindi districts have a gap of 179,150, 168,486 and 167,558, respectively.

The women representation among voters is lowest in erstwhile Frontier Region Bannu at 22 per cent, followed by 31pc in North Waziristan, 34pc in Kohlu, 36pc in Qila Abdullah and 38pc each in Dera Bugti and South Waziristan.

ISLAMABAD: Although the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) seem to be divided over the government’s proposal to hold the Senate elections through an open vote, the two parties are found to be united in criticising the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for making its proposed electoral reforms public through the media.

The leaders of the opposition parties also questioned the mandate of the parliamentary committee which, according to them, had actually been constituted to investigate the charges of rigging in the July 2018 general elections.

Speaking at a news conference last week, Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood and Minister for Narcotics Control Azam Swati had announced a number of proposed changes to the Constitution and laws to reform the electoral process with the main suggestion of holding the Senate elections through an open vote instead of the current method of secret balloting.

According to them, the proposals had already been placed before the federal cabinet for approval after which these would be presented before parliament in the form of bills.

The two ministers were members of a special parliamentary committee constituted by National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser in October 2018 on the opposition’s demand to probe charges of rigging in the elections held in July that year. The committee, however, failed to complete its task for a number of reasons, forcing the opposition parties to finally announce its boycott of the committee in June last year. The committee and a couple of sub-committees, however, continued to function and prepared recommendations to introduce electoral reforms.

The ministers had stated that the efforts would be made for evolving a broad-based consensus among all political parties on electoral reforms.

The government has proposed changes to laws at a time when the Senate elections are about eight months away. The purpose of conducting the Senate elections through an open vote, according to the PTI, is to end horse-trading and the use of money in the process.

When contacted, PML-N parliamentary leader in the Senate Mushahidullah Khan doubted the intentions of the government and questioned the mandate of the parliamentary committee which had proposed the electoral reforms.

He said the people in the government were “inexperienced and incapable” and they did not know as to how the important and sensitive matters such as electoral reforms should be handled. Mr Khan said that instead of going to the media, the government should have taken the opposition into confidence, if it was sincere in reforming the electoral process.

The PML-N senator alleged that people in the PTI always tried to take credit of the things through the media by making announcements and holding news conferences, but they failed to implement their plans due to their “incompetence”.

He, however, supported the proposal for holding the Senate elections through an open vote. He said he believed that keeping in view the past Senate elections, it was the need of the hour to take steps to end horse-trading and use of money in the elections.

Mr Khan said such a process would not only bring transparency, but also enhance the prestige of the Senate. Moreover, he said, the open Senate elections would end the use of money and genuine and poor workers of the party would also get an opportunity to reach the parliament and serve their parties and the nation. He, however, made it clear that these were his personal views and the party would come out with its formal stance once the issue was discussed internally.

PPP vice president and parliamentary leader in the Senate Sherry Rehman told Dawn that they had only heard about these proposed “reforms” through the media.

“There has been no consultation or discussion about Senate or general electoral reforms that we have all done extensive work on together,” she said, adding that “none of us have seen any draft of the proposal, nor has there been any kind of discussion at the parliamentary level where we all just met”.

She said it was odd that the party whose prime minister never came to the Senate, as they preferred rule by presidential ordinances, now suddenly wanted reforms in how the Senate was elected.

“If the government is serious about making the electoral process meaningful and parliament not a rubber stamp for its decisions, it should address issue like electoral fraud too,” Ms Rehman said.

“We were repeatedly told that a committee will examine this, but like most things launched with fanfare by this government, it has become like the Covid fund: never to see the light of transparency and to be used to fill gaps in its own mismanagement,” she added.

The PPP senator said these kinds of constitutional amendments were discussed as part of a broader reform dialogue in the past too. In the last meeting on electoral reforms, she recalled, while they did support transparency of the process, many members had opposed the open vote as controversial because it affected the principle of voting without fear or favour.

“Had we seen the actual draft we would have looked at options to reduce horse-trading because that is a practice we should not ignore, but this high-handed unilateral floating of policy reforms is not done. This is why all their legislative initiatives are stuck,” Ms Rehman said.

PPP information secretary Dr Nafisa Shah, while talking to Dawn, said it was ironic that the party that had put a lockdown on the parliament, delegated legislation to presidential palace, and had undermined the upper house of parliament now wanted reforms in Senate vote.

“Why just Senate election reforms? Electoral reforms need to be discussed. Open vote is equally controversial as it affects the principle of vote of conscience and vote without fear or favour,” she said.

ISLAMABAD: Chaudhry Akhtar Nazir Warraich has assumed as Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on a post vacant due to superannuation of Yaqoob Fateh Babar early this year.

The new ECP secretary is a distinguished officer of Pakistan Administration Service (PAS) was Senate secretary before moving to the ECP. With this the ECP is all set to initiate probe for launching an inquiry into failure of a software responsible to transmit general election results on July 25, 2018 in the country and it paved the way for leveling of serious allegations about the conduct of the polls that resulted in installation of incumbent governments in center and provinces.

Another officer of same cadre Pervez Abbas is likely to become Senate secretary who is currently posted in the Establishment Division. Pervez earlier served as an additional secretary in the Senate Secretariat.

Well-placed sources told The News here Saturday that the changes will be in place in early next month.

In the meanwhile, sources said that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja who was known upright bureaucrat in his career has decided to streamline the systems in the Commission for ensuring free and fair polls in the country whenever they will be held.

Interestingly the Result Transmission System (RTS) was an android based application developed and tested by the country’s database authority known as the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) ahead of the previous polls. The RTS aimed at prompt release of results, the picture of crucial Form XIV, which is the statement of vote count from the polling station to the district and central results system. The RTS allegedly crashed during the general election with the ECP and Nadra pointing finger at each other for the system’s failure.

The political parties also whipped up a storm and described the fiasco as part of an organised rigging. They demanded an impartial probe into the scandal, but no headway was made in between.

Now the ECP has taken up the matter afresh and the sources hinted that the Commission will take concrete action for the probe next month. The ECP has already decided formally to undertake through probe in the matter, the sources reminded.