ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) request of extending polling time for one hour on Wednesday.
ECP official told private news channel that the polling time was not extended anywhere in the country and adding that voters present in polling stations will be able to cast their votes even after 6pm.
Earlier in the day, senior leader of PML-N Mushahid Hussain Syed had written a letter to the chief election commissioner seeking a one-hour extension in polling time.
PML-N stated that on the basis of reports that have been received from PML-N candidates from almost all constituencies of Pakistan, I would like to kindly request you to extend the polling time by at least one hour from 6pm to 7pm.
PML-N letter further said, “We are receiving complains on a large-scale nationwide, and PML-N would appreciate if this demand of the voters is accepted to ensure that the elections are free, fair and transparent so that all the voters desirous of casting their votes are not deprived of that fundamental right.”
Polling is under way across the country. Polls opened at 8am and will conclude, without any break, at 6pm.