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ECP seeks public holiday on May 11

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) directed the federal and provincial governments on Wednesday to declare May 11 (Saturday) as a public holiday, besides finalising list of total 16,692 candidates who are contesting the general elections.

An official of ECP said that it would help the ECP to increase the turnout of the total votes, as the Commission is anticipating over 50 percent turnout in the next general elections. The turnout of the total votes in 2008 elections was 44.11 percent. The highest percentage of votes was polled in Islamabad which was 50.01 percent in 2008. Punjab stood second by achieving 48.1 percent. Lowest average of votes polled in 2008 was in Fata which was 31.05 percent.

The commission has issued final list of 16,692 candidates who are contesting general elections. For the election on 272 general seats in National Assembly, 4, 671 candidates names have been finalised. For the 577 seats of Provincial Assembles, 10,958 candidates' names have been finalised. As many as 339 candidates including independents are contesting on 12 seats of Fata, while 77 candidates are vying for two National Assembly seats of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) in the general elections.

Punjab: As many as 2,367 candidates are contesting for the 148 general seats for National Assembly. In addition, 5,758 candidates are contesting elections on 297 general seats for Provincial Assembly.

Sindh: On 61 general seats for National Assembly, 1087 candidates are contesting. A list of 2810 candidates has been finalised for the election for 130 seats in provincial assembly.

Balochistan: Nomination papers of 284 have been accepted for contesting on 14 National Assembly's general seats. As many as 953 candidates are contesting for 51 seats in provincial assembly.

KPK: Around 517 potential candidates are contesting for 35 general seats of National Assembly and 1,438 candidates for 99 general seats of provincial assembly.

The ECP has accepted nomination papers of 258 women for 60 seats reserved for women in National Assembly. Besides, 123 women are contesting for 35 reserved seats in Punjab Assembly, 58 women candidates for 14 seats in Sindh, 45 women filed papers for 8 seats in KPK Assembly and 32 women for three seats in Balochistan Assembly. The commission has further finalised 71 potential candidates for 10 reserved seats for non-Mulsim in National Assembly and 176 candidates are included in the final list contesting on seats reserved for non-Muslim in provinces.

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