ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Saturday issued a schedule for voting on May 11, DawnNews reported.

The schedule, sent to the returning officers, said polling would start at 8 am on May 11 and would continue until 5 pm.

The commission has moreover issued a polling scheme for Punjab and Islamabad.

It has moreover said action would be taken against election officials who do not perform their duties.

Security of candidates

The ECP has directed the caretaker government to provide adequate security to election candidates.

Earlier today, the commission had expressed grave concern over the attacks targeting election candidates and political workers in parts of the country.

The ECP moreover issued instructions to all four provinces to take steps to counter terrorist activities targeting political parties during the election campaign.

The commission's concerns were conveyed by a spokesman today after a bomb blast targeting Awami National Party’s Bashir Jan killed 11 people in Karachi.

Jan, the ANP general secretary for Sindh survived the attack as he was inside his car at the time of the attack.

The attack was claimed by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan which has vowed to keep the ANP, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Pakistan Peoples Party out of the electoral process.

Friday’s explosion was the latest in a series of attacks targeting political parties during their campaigns for the coming May 11 election.

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muzammil ullah khan
April 27, 2013 1:39 pm

ECP is a fraud . This ECP has allowed all the tax thieves, loan defaulters, criminals , fake degree holders and utility bills defaulters to participate in the elections . The ECP is guilty of violating the constitution by not following the section 63 of the constitution which they promised to uphold . The cock eyed CJP has aided and abetted the ECP in the violation of the constitution . Where is the CJP now and where is his famous SUO MOTO mania and why has he not taken any action on this gross violation of the constitution ?! The ECP and the CJP are in kahoots over rigging the elections. Making statements on bomb blast is an eye wash and is meant to tell the public that the ECP and its head are still alive and not in coma . Long live the cock eyed justice of this country !!!

RK
April 27, 2013 7:59 pm

In most foreign countries especially in Canada and US the Poll timings are unusually between 8-8 to give enough time for people coming back from their work or businesses and cast their votes. I don't think 8-5 will be enough especially if there are huge turnouts, ECP need to re-consider the timing to give full opportunity to all

Baby Einstein
April 27, 2013 9:00 pm

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