JUN 29, 2018: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday extended polling timings by one hour for the general elections scheduled to be held on July 25. The new timings, as per the ECP press release, will be from 8am to till 6pm.
The polling will be held for 10 hours without any interval.
The timings have been extended to facilitate the voters and to ensure maximum voters participate in the election process, as it would be difficult for voters to go out in hot weather to cast their vote.
This is the first time in Pakistan’s electoral history that the polling timings have been changed.
For the previous elections in 2013, the polling time for the voters was from 8am till 5pm.
The move comes days after the ECP rejected Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) plea to extend polling hours until 8pm saying that the timings were ordained by the law and there was no need for them to be extended.
ECP issues notice to Nawaz over party name
Separately, the ECP issued notice to PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif to appear before the commission in a petition arguing the name of the party cannot contain the name of a disqualified person.
Nawaz, who was disqualified via the Panamagate verdict last year and later removed from his own party’s presidency, has been asked to appear on July 9.