ECP allots election symbols to parties

Published: March 19, 2013
'Kite' for MQM, 'bat' for PTI, 'cycle' for PML-Q and 'scale' for JI. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

'Kite' for MQM, 'bat' for PTI, 'cycle' for PML-Q and 'scale' for JI. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) held a crucial meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, where election symbols were allotted to political parties for the upcoming elections, reported Express News.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was given their usual electoral symbol of “kite”, Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) given “cycle”, Jamaat-i-Islami “scale”, Awami National Party “lantern”, PML-Functional “rose”, PML-N “tiger”, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) “bat” and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) was allotted “book”.

Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan’s party Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan was given a “missile” as its election symbol.

The symbol “arrow” has not been allotted to any party yet and the final decision about its allotment will be taken on March 25.

The JI and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had formally applied to the election commission last year in a bid to reserve Tarazoo (scale) as party symbol. The commission allotted the “scale” to JI as it is considered a party’s preferential right to get the same symbol it used in the past if it has followed the application rules.

The commission had suggested “torch” and “hill” as alternate symbols to the PTI. However, the PTI was allotted “bat” as their election symbol.

Earlier, the ECP had fallen short of election symbols as the number of registered parties outnumbered the available symbols. The number of registered parties stood at 227, while only a total of 172 symbols were in the commission’s list of approved symbols. In past elections, the number of political parties contesting elections stood near 30 to 40.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • AD
    Mar 19, 2013 - 1:26PM

    I think “Eagle” is a good option for Tehreek-e-Insaf.


  • HMC
    Mar 19, 2013 - 1:33PM

    This is incomplete news and not consistent with the title. If all symbols have been allotted why PTI has been left with the two options. These two options were given to them a month back. Please update…!!


  • PiS
    Mar 19, 2013 - 1:33PM

    “The number of registered parties stood at 227..”

    And there credentials and performance is still zilch, even though this number is unmatched by anywhere in the civilized world.


  • Sana khan
    Mar 19, 2013 - 1:46PM

    PTI symbol is bat for those who are wondering. The article failed to mention it.


  • Junior
    Mar 19, 2013 - 1:54PM

    So what is PTI’s symbol then? The article doesn’t say.


  • Queen
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:09PM

    We will use the bat to hit six sixes in the elections :)


  • KH
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:14PM

    PTI gets bat as the symbol below para is refereing to what happened earlier.


  • Azmat Ali
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:22PM

    TIGER is there… Thats good.


  • Raveem Zafar Choudhry
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:08PM

    pti bat


  • xohaib
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:52PM

    vote for PTI.


  • Insafian
    Mar 19, 2013 - 4:21PM

    PTI should’ve opted torch instead of bat. but it doesn’t really make any difference as PTI have its distinct symbol. that is CHANGE which can not be compared to others …!


  • Fahad
    Mar 19, 2013 - 5:11PM



  • m omar
    Mar 19, 2013 - 5:19PM

    Okay, now I understand why Basant is banned in Punjab.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 19, 2013 - 5:24PM

    Its Cricket Bat, the word “Bat” also means something else.


  • Falcon
    Mar 19, 2013 - 6:47PM

    Since PTI is synonymous with IK who is the symbol of cricket in Pakistan, I think cricket bat might be fine as a PTI symbol.


  • sabi
    Mar 19, 2013 - 6:55PM

    Symbol Bat for a fast bowler turned cricketer-strange! Can he clean bowl opponents with bat?


  • engineer
    Mar 19, 2013 - 7:38PM

    we will hit sixes on bat to win pti INSHAlLAH.


  • FN
    Mar 19, 2013 - 8:04PM

    Bat beats everything Recommend

  • sensible
    Mar 19, 2013 - 9:27PM

    bat will hit all others out of park.Go IK!!!


  • Mar 19, 2013 - 11:22PM

    I only wish for fair and transparent elections, nothing else.


  • Muslim Leaguer
    Mar 20, 2013 - 12:04AM

    Why has election symbol been allotted to PTI when it has not completed the pre-requisite (intra-party elections) as yet? Another reason to believe that PTI is establishment’s pawn.
    Vote for PML-N. InshaAllah.


  • Tahir
    Mar 21, 2013 - 9:23AM

    Another election another hope for the best but the people are with the same mentality of following the wind. When we will think beyond our personal preferences? Look at the past performances of the leaders whether they were able to deliver or not. Don’t go for the person who has no foresight like Mr. Imran khan.


  • Shahid
    Mar 22, 2013 - 12:10PM

    True, think for your country, dont give chance to thoes who are doing things with your tax money to get their own cheap publicity, days before election, where as you have seen what they do when they are in power. Think what they have done in past. Think ahead give chance to new people. Else will suffer for next five year. You have the chance, use it wisely.


  • Kiramat Shah
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:52PM

    I believe the CHANGE is comming, the change is coming with Imran, he has already delivered on front of Bringing the only Worl Cup to Pakistan, he constructed the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, he constructed an international reputed university in Mianwali, a College? He will rebuild Pakistan Inshallah, 11 May Evening he will be the PM. I believe I am diassocting myself from the Party I have worked for 30 years with and my vote along with my family and friends is for IMRAN.


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