Punjab by-polls: ECP begins distribution of electoral material

LAHORE: Preparations for by-elections to 20 constituencies of Punjab Assembly have entered final stage with provision of electoral material to returning officers.

According to sources at the electoral watchdog on Wednesday, the election commission has started sending ballot papers and forms to returning officers. “The ECP has printed 4.7306 million ballot papers for the by-elections to 20 constituencies,” the sources informed and added the commission has printed 153,657 surplus ballot papers.

The election commission has summoned authorized representatives of returning officers to receive ballot papers. “Ballot papers have been printed in Islamabad for the Punjab by-elections, which will be transported constituencies concerned under stringent security,” the sources added.

It is to be mentioned here that polling for by-elections is scheduled to be held on Sunday, July 17. The ECP had announced by-election to 20 Punjab Assembly seats fell vacant after defecting PTI MPAs were de-seated.

The ECP de-seated 25 dissident members of the PTI, who had voted for PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz Sharif in Punjab chief minister’s election.

Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi had sent reference against 25 members including five members on reserved seats, to the election commission.

 

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