ECP allots PTI’ bat’ election symbol after intra-party elections

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday declared the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) eligible for participation in the upcoming General Election, allotting the party the ‘bat’ election symbol following its intra-party polls earlier this week.

The ECP had earlier withheld the allotment of an electoral symbol to the PTI, owing to its inability to hold intra-party elections, which are mandatory prior to allocation of an election symbol.

The PTI, during its two-day intra-party polls, re-elected Imran Khan as chairman and Shah Mahmood Qureshi as vice chairman for another term.

PTI Chief Election Commissioner Azam Swati earlier said the party had held its intra-party election in a hurry to regain its election symbol of ‘bat’ from the ECP as the 2018 General Election draws nearer.

The PTI Election Commission had re-drafted the party’s constitution and developed software for the intra-party poll that gave registered voters just two choices: panel 1 or 2. Anything written besides 1 or 2 would disqualify the vote.

As per the amended constitution, 2.7 million voters had to decide between Imran Khan or Naik Muhammad Khan.

PTI intra-party Election: Imran Khan elected chairman with massive margin

Khan, who was chairing the Insaf panel, earned 189,055 votes whereas the rival Ehtesab panel secured 41,647 votes. Around 26,256 votes were rejected.

Party workers cast a total of 256,957 votes during the two-day polling process.

PTI Chief Election Commissioner Azam Swati earlier told media that the party was holding its intra-party election in a hurry to regain its election symbol of ‘bat’ from the ECP as the 2018 General Election draws nearer.

PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry told media persons that the party had submitted the results of the intra-party polls to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Earlier, the PTI Election Commission re-drafted the party’s constitution and developed software for the intra-party poll that gave registered voters just two choices: panel 1 or 2. Anything written besides 1 or 2 would disqualify the vote.

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