The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Fakharuddin G. Ebrahim on Tuesday said that the preparation of voters list was a painstaking bout, adding that minor discrepancies would be sorted out in the coming days.

The Chief Election Commission was speaking at a meeting summoned to mull over the fate of around 44 members of federal and provincial assemblies besides considering petitions of the 17 or so new parties for registration.

According to reports, the ECP will consider proposals on compulsory ballot casting, and whether or not to allow ‘cat’ to be used as a party symbol during election, the fate of dual nationals and the applications submitted by new entrants to join in the political arena.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had requested the ECP not to allocate ‘cat’ as an election symbol to any political party or candidate due to its resemblance to the ‘tiger’, the symbol owned and embellished by PML-N in its party gatherings.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) also condemned the recent bid on life of the senior journalist Hamid Mir.