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Sharif reluctant to publicly name Shahbaz as party’s PM candidate.

Dec 24 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn News

Two days after TV channels flashed the news that former premier Nawaz Sharif had named Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as the party’s nominee for the office of prime minister in 2018 general elections, the elder Sharif is said to be reluctant to publicly nominate his younger brother for the coveted office as he wants to keep his cards close to his chest till the last minute, it emerged on Saturday.

Sharif reluctant to publicly name Shahbaz as party’s PM candidate.

Dec 24 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn News

Two days after TV channels flashed the news that former premier Nawaz Sharif had named Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as the party’s nominee for the office of prime minister in 2018 general elections, the elder Sharif is said to be reluctant to publicly nominate his younger brother for the coveted office as he wants to keep his cards close to his chest till the last minute, it emerged on Saturday.

Pakistan’s ousted PM Nawaz Sharif returns as party leader.

Oct 03 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Financial Times.

Nawaz Sharif has made a defiant comeback as head of Pakistan’s ruling party, more than two months after being disqualified as prime minister on charges of corruption.

Mr Sharif was elected unopposed on Tuesday, a day after his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz forced through a controversial new law allowing politicians disqualified from holding public office to continue as leaders of political parties.

Lahore celebrates Kulsoom's victory in NA-120 by-poll

Sep 18 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

The wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is all set to be officially declared victorious after securing majority votes in the parliamentary by-election for her husband's seat in NA-120, which became vacant when Sharif was ousted from office.

Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz led the campaign on behalf of her ailing mother Kulsoom Nawaz, the candidate, who is being treated for throat cancer in London.

The seat has long been controlled by Sharif and his allies, but the by-election was seen as a test of the popularity of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan

Aug 01 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

PML-N's Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan in an oath-taking ceremony held at President House on Tuesday.

 

President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to Abbasi.

Abbasi was elected prime minister by lawmakers in the National Assembly earlier today, bagging 221 votes to become the successor to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan Names Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Interim Prime Minister

Jul 29 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Time

(ISLAMABAD) — Pakistan's ruling party named senior lawmaker Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as successor to the deposed prime minister on Saturday, a day after the Supreme Court removed Nawaz Sharif from office for concealing assets.

Sharif proposed Abbasi as interim prime minister at the meeting of Pakistan Muslim League party in Islamabad. His request was endorsed by lawmakers from his party.

Pakistan Names Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Interim Prime Minister

Jul 29 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Time

(ISLAMABAD) — Pakistan's ruling party named senior lawmaker Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as successor to the deposed prime minister on Saturday, a day after the Supreme Court removed Nawaz Sharif from office for concealing assets.

Sharif proposed Abbasi as interim prime minister at the meeting of Pakistan Muslim League party in Islamabad. His request was endorsed by lawmakers from his party.

Pakistan court begins hearings to decide PM Nawaz Sharif's future

Jul 17 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
The Guardian

Pakistan’s supreme court has begun hearings that will decide the future of the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who is fighting for his job and contesting a damning corruption report by an investigative panel.

The supreme court is expected to order Sharif be tried Sharif on corruption charges, or disqualify him, but few expect the judges to dismiss the case after the panel tabled a damaging 254-page report into his family wealth.

PS-114: ECP stays Saeed Ghani's victory notification

Jul 13 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) halted the notification of PPP candidate Saeed Ghani's victory in the PS-114 elections on Thursday. The ECP was hearing a petition by Muttahida Qaumi Movement - Pakistan (MQM-P) candidate Kamran Tessori for a vote recount.

Speaking through its counsel and member national assembly (MNA) Iqbal Qadri, MQM-P requested the ECP to order the returning officer to conduct a recount of votes for the recently-held elections in PS-114 in Karachi.

All set for by-elections in NA-260

Jul 12 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

QUETTA: The Election Commissioner of Balochistan, Mohammad Naeem Majeed Jaffar, has said that all arrangements have been completed for holding on July 15 by-elections in NA-260 Quetta-cum-Chagai.

The National Assembly constituency comprises some parts of Quetta, Chagai and Noshki districts. Necessary instructions have been issued to the deputy commissioners for holding free, fair and transparent elections.

The Provincial Election Commissioner said that measures had also been undertaken for conducting elections in a peaceful atmosphere.

Pakistan's largest-ever census kicks off in 63 districts amid tight security

Mar 15 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

Pakistan’s largest-ever population census kicked off on Wednesday in 63 districts of the country after a delay of 19 years.

High security was in place as thousands of enumerators backed by the military began the enormous, politically-charged count.

The weeks-long process will deploy a team of more than 300,000 people and involve 55 million forms — as well as a second, separate form distributed by the military.

“It's a very hectic process, but we are ready for it,” Nadeem Ehsan, a teacher clad in a yellow Pakistan Census 2017 jacket in Peshawar, told AFP.

JUI-F, JI oppose mandatory 10pc women voting

Feb 16 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the sub-committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms held in the Parliament House on Wednesday could not reach a consensus on the issue of 10 per cent mandatory participation of women in elections after the Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam-F (JUI-F) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) opposed the proposal presented by other parliamentary parties. 

The JUI-F and JI stuck to their stance for only 5pc participation of women in the elections, although other parliamentary parties demanded at least 10pc participation for validation of polls. 

Cabinet makes ECP autonomous

Feb 08 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Pakistan Today

Federal Cabinet on Tuesday accorded approval to Electoral Reforms Bill – paving the way for envisaging “total financial, administrative and functional autonomy” to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

However, the bill did not touch upon implementation of articles 62 and 63 because the committee failed to evolve consensus on the issue. Hence, the issue of the implementation of ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’ for all candidates has not been touched upon in the draft legislation.

Pakistan electoral reform plans aim to boost women's participation in politics

Feb 07 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Reuters

LAHORE, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Reforms to Pakistan's electoral laws making it mandatory for political parties to allot five percent of their tickets to women candidates were approved on Tuesday by the federal cabinet, the country's highest decision-making body.

Under Pakistan's constitution, women are guaranteed seats through a quota system in the national parliament and regional assemblies in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.

Over 95pc women in 17 constituencies didn’t vote in 2013

Jan 01 2017
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Over 95 per cent of registered women voters in at least 17 National Assembly constituencies did not cast their votes in the 2013 general elections.

A document prepared by the Election Commission of Pakistan, available with Dawn, reveals that turnout of women voters was less than one per cent in five of these constituencies. 

According to disaggregated voters’ data, only one woman out of the total 138,910 registered in NA-33 (Upper Dir) had exercised her right to vote.

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