Holding LG elections

The government’s main focus should now be on preparing for and conducting the Local Government (LG) election – the third tier of democracy. The landmark 18th Amendment was passed in 2010, devolving substantial administrative powers to the provinces, but successive

Japan PM dissolves parliament for national election on Oct 31

TOKYO: Japan’s prime minister dissolved the lower house of parliament, paving the way for October 31 national elections as new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida faces an unpopular opposition over who can fix the pandemic-battered economy. Kishida said he is seeking

Conducting LG elections

If the results of the cantonment board elections are considered a precursor, the PTI could certainly win the local government or the next general elections. PTI leaders are basking in the glory of the win, claiming it is the only

Elections in 42 cantonment boards being held today

ISLAMABAD: The local government elections in 42 cantonment boards across the country are being held today on Sunday. The polling started at 08:00 am would continue till 5:00 pm without any interval. A total of 1559 candidates taking part in

What are cantonment board elections?

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is set to hold local government elections in 42 cantonment boards across the country on September 12.  Here is everything you should know about cantonment board elections. What is a cantonment? A cantonment can

Who will be the next Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir?

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the general election in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) by bagging 25 seats of the AJK Legislative Assembly. The PTI is set to form the next government in the region after winning a simple majority.

Who will win the Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections?

The general elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir Election to elect members of the Legislative Assembly will be held on Sunday, July 25. Prime Minister Imran Khan, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz campaigned aggressively

PTI has emerged front-runner in AJK elections: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the front-runner in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) general elections. In a statement on Twitter, the foreign minister said the recent Gallup survey has

AJK PM opposes NCOC recommendation to postpone elections

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has recommended postponing the upcoming Azad Jammu And Kashmir (AJK) election by two months. The NCOC has written a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AJK stating that the polls should

Iran approves hardliner for presidential elections

TEHRAN: Iran’s election watchdog has approved the candidacy of hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi in next month’s presidential election, while disqualifying some of his main rivals including former parliament speaker Ali Larijani. The move is likely to boost the prospects

Need for electoral reforms

Almost all elections and even by-polls in the history of Pakistan are faced with rigging allegations and mismanagement. This severely undermines democracy in the country and takes away the citizen’s right to choose the government of their choice. Faced with

Electronic voting machines critical for ensuring transparent elections: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said introduction of electronic voting machine was critical for ensuring a transparent, safe and impartial voting process in the country. He said on the basis of past experiences, the introduction of such device was imperative

Electoral reforms

With the controversy regarding Senate elections firmly behind and the threat of the opposition’s protests subsided, the government seems in the mood for much-needed electoral reforms. These reforms are crucial so that future elections are without the unusual allegations which

US intelligence report says Russia, Iran meddled in 2020 elections

WASHINGTON: Russia and Iran targeted election infrastructure during the 2020 US vote but did not compromise any of the results, the departments of Homeland Security and Justice said. “Broad Russian and Iranian campaigns targeting multiple critical infrastructure sectors did compromise

Gilani claims victory ahead of Chairman Senate election

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani on Friday claimed that he has already won the Senate chairman election. The former prime minister will contest the election against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Sadiq Sanjrani.  “Everyone knows we

‘Spy cameras’ found in polling booth ahead of Senate chairman election

ISLAMABAD: Ahead of the elections for the Chairman Senate and deputy chairman, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar claimed to have recovered ‘spy cameras’ installed in the polling booth. In his tweet, Khokhar stated he and Pakistan Muslim

Elections for new Chairman Senate, deputy chairman to be held today

ISLAMABAD: The Senate would elect its new chairman and deputy chairman in a close contest as there is a narrow margin in the numerical strength of Senators belonging to the government coalition and the opposition parties. President Dr Arif Alvi

Senate elections showed how we are losing our moral compass: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that states disintegrate without justice and rule of law and the recent Senate elections showed how we are losing out moral companies. “Our Prophet PBUH said “many nations before you were destroyed when

Global representation of women in parliament reaches ‘all-time high’: Report

GENEVA: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a UN partner, has said that the global representation of women in Parliament reached a record high in 2020 but progress is “still excruciatingly slow”. “It gives me

PDM chief summons meeting to devise post-Senate elections strategy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has convened a meeting of the opposition alliance on Monday to devise a post-Senate elections strategy. The meeting will be held at Sindh House in Islamabad at 2PM on 8th March

Senate and politics

The much-hyped Senate elections are finally over but the political climate still remains intense. The past few days have witnessed a potful of political events as both sides traded barbs over allegations of horse-trading, videos of vote buying and selling

Opposition alliance secures major victory in Senate election

ISLAMABAD: Polling for Senate election was completed in the National Assembly along with two provincial assemblies –Sindh and Balochistan. The counting of votes is currently underway. In a major upset to the government, the joint opposition candidate Yousuf Raza Gilani

PM Imran Khan casts vote for Senate election

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has cast his vote for the Senate elections on Wednesday at the Parliament House. The prime minister arrived at the Assembly hall also interacted with the MNAs of PTI and allied parties. He received a

Secret balloting and transparency

The Supreme Court announced its opinion on the presidential reference regarding the Senate elections and maintained that polls will be through secret ballot. The move was not entirely surprising as the court was expected to refer the matter to parliament

SHC allows PPP’s Palwasha Khan to contest Senate elections

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) dismissed on Monday an appeal challenging the acceptance of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Palwasha Khan’s nomination papers for the Senate elections. A two-judge bench of the court comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and

ECP should take steps ensuring transparency in Senate elections: Shibli

PESHAWAR: Information Minister Shibli Faraz has said the Supreme Court’s judgement in the presidential reference is “historic” under which the Senate elections will be held as per the constitution. Speaking to the media, the minister said the apex court has

Senate election strategy

The Senate elections are just days away and all political parties have geared up campaigning for the polls. The elections are seen with keen interest as it could devise further course of action for the government and even the opposition

SHC allows Saifullah Abro to contest Senate elections

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has allowed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Saifullah Abro to contest the upcoming Senate elections after he was earlier declared ineligible. Saifullah Abro had challenged the rejection of his nomination papers for the forthcoming Senate

Zardari assures Gilani victory in Senate elections

KARACHI: Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday met with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto in Karachi. Gilani was accompanied by former Governor Punjab Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood during the meeting and discussed

Senate elections: ECP issues production orders for lawmakers under custody

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued production orders for detained lawmakers so they can cast their vote in the upcoming Senate elections on March 3. ECP has allowed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, his son Hamza