ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has registered 11 more political parties, which takes the total number of political parties registered with the commission to 281.
In its meeting on Monday, the commission registered 11 new political parties. It rejected an application against the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) by an independent candidate who sought a ban on the party due to an electoral dispute in a National Assembly constituency in Punjab. The commission claims it has also decided to take action against those voters who cast more than on vote in the last year’s general elections. The move is seen as face-saving exercise by the ECP as political parties are demanding its dissolution.
In this regard the commission has sought data of the constituencies whose record had been verified by the National Database and Registration Authority. Election Commission of Pakistan Additional Secretary Syed Sher Afgan has said that those found guilty of casting more than one vote would be dealt with under the criminal laws and would be punishable by up to three years.
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