Over 700,000 postal votes being counted in presence of candidates
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) The stage of counting approximately 700,000 postal votes received by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from different constituencies has reached as the Returning Officers have invited the candidates for counting the postal ballot papers.
According to Section 95 of the Election Act, 2017, after the announcement of the election results, the postal ballot papers are counted.
According to the law, the returning officer in each constituency invites the candidates for counting of postal votes. The RO informs them of time and date for the process in writing. The postal votes are added to the votes obtained by the candidates.
The enveloped postal ballot papers are opened in the presence of candidates or their representatives in their respective constituency.
Under this process, the Returning Officers concerned inform the ECP about the results compiled after the inclusion of the postal ballots through Form 48. The ECP had received 449,287 applications for the postal ballot papers for the provincial assemblies votes.
Similarly, the Election Commission received 260,533 applications for the National Assembly. The returning officers concerned sent the postal ballot papers to the applicants seeking to exercise their right to vote by mail.
The electoral watchdog had launched the process of providing postal ballot papers to eligible individuals for both the national and provincial assemblies’ elections.
Eligible voters were able to download postal ballot papers from the electoral authority’s website.
After receiving the postal ballot, the applicants sent their votes to the relevant District Returning Officer within the specified time. The individuals receiving postal ballots did not have the privilege to cast their votes in person at the polling stations on February 8.
Through this convenient voting method, different segments of society exercised their democratic right. The beneficiaries included government employees and incarcerated persons including prisoners and accused persons to participate in the electoral process.
The electoral watchdog extended the postal ballot facility to armed forces personnel, their families, and differently-abled persons, ensuring a broad spectrum of participation in the general elections.