DASKA: Preparations are in full swing to hold re-polling for the by-election in the National Assembly constituency NA-75 Daska on April 10 (Saturday).
A close contest is on the cards between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Nosheen Iftikhar and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Ali Asjad Malhi in the by-election.
Meanwhile, The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has on Thursday made it mandatory for presiding officers and assistant presiding officers to keep smart phones with them during NA-75 Daska by-election.
ECP has instructed in accordance with the instructions that the official presiding over the meeting will have to take a photo of Form-45 with a voting agent and send it to the relevant election official (RO).
The Election Committee has instructed the officials presiding over the meeting to submit forensic details to the Return Office to keep their location services running normally. The host will personally arrive at the Office of the Returning Officer when there is a problem with the network.
Earlier, the Supreme Court on April 2 (Friday) had upheld the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to hold re-polling in the entire National Assembly constituency NA-75 in Daska.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Umer Ata Bandial, heard the petition of PTI candidate Ali Asjad Malhi, challenging the ECP order of February 25, 2021, declaring the by-election at NA-75 Daska void and ordering re-polling in the whole constituency.