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ECP clarifies conditions for votes to be valid

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday clarified requirements for a vote to be counted as valid or invalid during the polls on July 25.

As per the electoral body, a ballot paper will be invalid if:

– It’s missing the official code mark or assistant presiding officer’s signature

– It’s missing ECP’s watermark

– It’s missing the official nine-matrix seal

– It has a paper or anything else attached to it

– It has stamps on more than one candidate’s election symbols

– The stamp appears equally in more than one candidates’ boxes

However, ECP explained, “A ballot paper will be counted as a valid vote if the stamp appears in multiple boxes but a prominent portion of it is in a particular candidate’s box.”

“Multiple stamps on the symbol of a particular candidate, as well as stamps on both the symbol and the name of a candidate will also be counted as a valid vote,” the ECP further clarified.

Polling will start at8 am and conclude at 6 pm, without a break on July 25.



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