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.