Islamabad(June 24, 2018): Appellate Tribunals continue to hear the appeals filed against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers for the National and provincial assemblies’ seats.
Wednesday is the last day for the decisions on these appeals.
The revised list of candidates will be published the following day. The candidates can withdraw their nomination papers by 29th of this month.The ECP will allot election symbols to the candidates on 30th of this month. Polling for the general elections will be held on the 25th of next month.
NA 243: Appellate Tribunal Overrule Petition Against Imran:
An appellate tribunal on Saturday overruled a petition against PTI chief Imran Khan’s candidature from NA-243 Karachi.
On June 12, a member of Justice and Democratic party Abdul Wahab Baloch filed an appeal against Imran’s nomination papers filed from the constituency with a returning officer today over the Sita White case.
The returning officer rejected the petition, following which, Baloch then filed an appeal with the appellate tribunal.
The PTI chairman submitted nominations from National Assembly constituencies in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Mianwali.On the other hand, An appellate tribunal of the Lahore High Court on Saturday issued a notice to the returning officer and other parties after Imran’s nomination papers were rejected from NA-95 Mianwali constituency.
Justice Faisal Zaman Khan heard Imran’s appeal against the returning officer’s decision to reject his candidature.
Imran’s lawyer Babar Awan argued that the returning officer had not considered the facts. He asserted that the RO had rejected Imran’s nomination papers by stating the candidate had not submitted an affidavit before the deadline.Awan contended that a person’s candidature could not be rejected on a ‘technical basis.’
Speaking to the media outside the court, Imran’s lawyer said the PTI chief’s nomination papers were rejected for not disclosing his wife’s property and jewellery in the documents detailing his assets ownership.
Awan requested the tribunal to overrule the returning officer’s decision.
The hearing was then adjourned till June 25.
Hearing was also held over the petition of former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi against the rejection of his nomination papers from NA-57.Abbasi’s lawyer Tahir Abbasi appeared before the court and requested time for the preparation of the case. The court approved the request.
Meanwhile, hearing against the approval of Maryam Nawaz’s nomination papers in PP-173 was held in Lahore High Court (LHC).
The petitioner adopted stance that the RO accepted the papers contrary to the specifics. The appeal was rejected after being termed inadmissible for hearing.