ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalised all arrangements for holding by-election on a vacant seat of the National Assembly, NA-4 (Peshawar IV) on October 26, in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner.
According to an official of the ECP, 15 candidates including six from various national political parties and nine independents were contesting the election on the seat that fell vacant due to the death of former MNA Gulzar Khan of PTI in August this year.
Candidates of major political parties included Nasir Khan Musazai of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), Asad Gulzar Khan of the Pakistan People's Party, Arbab Amir Ayub of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Khushdil Khan of the Awami National Party.
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He said the constituency had a total 3,97,904 registered voters, of which 2,35,164 are male and 1,62,740 are female voters. He said that a total of 269 polling stations – including 147 male, 111 female and 11 combined – polling stations have been set up for the by-election.
In total, 837 polling booths, 492 for men and 345 for women, had been set up by the ECP, he added.
He said 269 presiding officers, 837 assistant presiding officers and 837 polling officers would discharge their duties on the polling day.
He said the commission would use the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Peshawar by-election on a trial basis in 39 polling stations.
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He added the processing time of casting one vote through these machines would take 20 seconds, adding this new technology was being introduced in the by-election to examine the performance and functioning of the machines and to record voters' problems in using this technology.
He said there would be no effect on the result of by-election with the use of these machines as this was just a pilot project.
He said that the commission would compile its report after use of these machines in the Peshawar by-election and submit it to parliament, adding under article-103 of new election act 2017, EVM machines would be used as pilot project. APP