ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked the eligible voters to transfer their vote on their permanent or temporary address written on their computerized national identity card (CNIC) by March 31.
According to an official of the ECP, votes would be considered as ineffective of all those voters who failed to transfer their votes on CNIC address with the ECP under the law.
He said that the commission has extended the previous date of December 31 as last date for transferring of votes as per CNIC address and asked the citizens to avail this opportunity and submit their forms with the respective district election commissioner, registration officer or assistant registration officer.
He said keeping in view the situation and to ensure the right of exercise of casting votes, the ECP while exercising its powers under article 219 (A) of Constitution of Pakistan and section 36 of Elections Act 2017, has issued orders for review of electoral rolls.
He said the decision would help all those voters who could not transfer their votes or register them as voters on CNIC address.
He said that estimated eight percent to 10 percent votes of eligible voters are registered with ECP’s electoral rolls other than the CNIC address.
He said during review process of electoral rolls, the commission would point out all those votes registered with other addresses and transfer these votes on CNIC temporary or permanent address.
He said that during the process, a facility is being offered to voters to transfer their vote on CNIC address with their own choice of temporary or permanent address.
He said that voters could register or transfer their votes in respective constituencies till issuing of schedule of national, provincial or local government elections.
He added after issuing of schedule, there would be no chance of inclusion in voters’ lists.
The official said now voters could get information by sending computerized national identity card (CNIC) number to ECP’s SMS service 8300.
He asked them to contact their respective district office of ECP to ensure registering as voter on CNIC address. He added that all ECP district information office would remain open on Saturday and Sunday for the purpose.
SC suspends LHC verdict regarding recovery of water bill charges
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday suspended the Lahore High Court (LHC) ruling regarding recovery of water charges from mineral water companies.
A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan heard the review petitions regarding recovery of charges over water extraction/installation for commercial use.
During the course of proceedings, Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan asked as to how the high court had dismissed the notification ignoring the orders of the apex court.
He observed that the high court should have checked that the matter was in the Supreme Court. The high court verdict could not be maintained as it was the authority of the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) not that of the high court, he observed.
He remarked that the apex court was hearing the case regarding charges for water extraction.
He asked the counsel for the private mineral water company that his client should approach the apex court instead of the high court.
The counsel said the high court did not cancel the notification as it canceled the bill.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked that the court did not want to punish anyone as it was hearing the matter for the only public interest.
The court remarked that the high court order regarding billing would remain suspended and the amount collected through bills would remain in bank accounts but would not be utilized.
Later the case was adjourned till after Eid holidays.
Farishta’s murder: A case registered against cops
ISLAMABAD: Police officials including SHO Shahzad Town are facing a case for not registering an FIR against the disappearance of Farishta who was kidnapped, raped and murdered.
According to details when the abducted 10-year-old girl’s father Ghulam Nabi approached SHO for Police help in recovering his daughter, the officer refused to register an FIR saying she must have deliberately left home.
She disappeared on the 15th of May and in the evening of Monday 20th May, her body was found. Sources privy to NPTV have informed that a four-day-old body of a child of the same age has been identified by Farishta’s father as her’s (by means of the clothes).
He has got an FIR registered against the SHO SI Muhammad Abbas Rana and other officials u/s Section 166 PPC (public servant disobeying the law with intent to cause injury to any person).
CDA, ICT removes encroachment from G-8 Markaz
ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) in collaboration with Islamabad District Administration is conducting vigorous operations to eliminate the escalations made by illegal occupiers, car dealers/ showrooms owners, and others on footpaths and parking areas in different areas of the federal capital.
Due to encroachments made by motor car dealers in different markets, pedestrian movement is affecting badly and citizens have to face difficulties in parking due to illegitimate ramps constructed by car motor dealers and showrooms owners and illegal occupiers on footpaths and parking areas.
In this connection, a vigorous operation was conducted in G-8 Markaz and several illegal encroachments hindering the pedestrian movement were demolished.
The operation was participated by around 300 officers and officials including enforcement directorate, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration, Islamabad Police, Traffic Police, Reserve Police and relevant staff of other formations concerned.
ICT Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) was also present to monitor law and order situation. During operation heavy machinery was also used to remove illegally constructed ramps.
During this operation, several illegally constructed ramps, illegal structures were demolished/ broken while unattended parked vehicles of car motor dealers and showrooms in the public parking area have been shifted to police station Karachi Company.
Furthermore, six car showrooms including Auto Drive, Car Enclosure, New Car and Cars, Car Masters, Car wells rental’ and Pak Islamabad Motors were also sealed during the operation.
Similarly, three illegal kiosks, two berries and one “Chapper hotel” along with Tea-Stall were also demolished during the operation.
The operation will continue and its scope will be further expanded to all markets and business center of Islamabad so that parking areas, as well as footpaths and verandas of markets, would be freed from encroachers and pedestrian movement general public visiting these markets could be facilitated.