Web Desk (June 19, 2018): The nomination papers of Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif for different constituencies have been accepted as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) concludes the scrutiny process of nomination papers today.
Bilawal’s nominations papers for NA-246 (Karachi) have been accepted along with nomination papers of Shehbaz and his son, Hamza Shehbaz, for NA-132 (Lahore). The nominations papers of Pak Sarzameen Party leader Arshad Vohra for NA-254 (Karachi) and NA-255 (Karachi) have also been approved, along with nomination papers of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s for NA-38 (Dera Ismail Khan).
Maryam Nawaz’s Nomination Papers Accepted:
Earlier, Nomination Papers of Maryam Nawaz were cleared by the RO for Lahore’s NA-125.
The NA-125 constituency, situated in the heart of Lahore, was the NA-120 constituency prior to the new delimitation of constituencies.
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NA-120 was bagged by former premier Nawaz in the 2013 elections and after his disqualification, by his wife Kulsoom Nawaz even though she did not take part in the campaign herself.
Nominations of Farooq Sattar Rejected:
Nomination papers of MQM-Pakistan’s Farooq Sattar from NA-245 had been rejected by the Returning Officer on Tuesday.
The returning officer of NA- 245, Ahsan Khan rejected the nomination papers of Farooq Sattar.RO, Ahsan Khan stated that Farooq Sattar is absconder in two cases. Farooq Sattar has not mentioned this in nomination papers.
However, counsel of Farooq Sattar remarked that his client was unaware of the two cases.
Sattar has submitted nomination papers from three constituencies in Karachi — NA-241, 245 and 247 — to contest the general election scheduled to be held on July 25.
Nomination Papers of Pervez Musharraf Rejected:
Nomination Papers of Former President and Chief of All Pakistan Muslim Leauge, Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday has been rejected from NA-1, Chitral.Nomination papers of Pervez Musharraf were rejected by the Returning Officer(RO) of NA-1, Chitral, Muhammad Khan.
ECP To Complete Scrunity Today:
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will complete the process of scrutiny of nomination papers filed by candidates for upcoming general elections on Tuesday(today).
According to Election Commission, a total of 21,482 nomination papers have been filed across the country for national and provincial assemblies.
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Six thousand sixty three candidates are contesting for 342 seats of the National Assembly while 15419 nomination papers have been filed for the provincial assemblies’ seats.
As per the election schedule, appeals against rejection or acceptance of nomination papers can be filed by 22nd of this month.
The Appellate Tribunals will decide the appeals by 27th, after which the revised list of candidates will be published on 28th of this month.
Candidates can withdraw their nomination papers by 29th June and the electoral body will announce the final list of candidates the same day.
Electoral symbols will be issued to candidates on 30th June while polling will be held on 25th of next month.Meanwhile, in a statement, ECP spokesman Altaf Khan has said that time for scrutiny of nomination papers will not be extended.
He said there is no proposal under consideration in this regard.
In Sindh province, during scrutiny process in Karachi today (Monday), nomination papers of Shehla Raza of PPP for NA-243 Karachi East, Dr. Amir Liaquat Hussain of PTI for NA-245, Rauf Siddiqui of MQM for NA-243 and NA 244 and Masroor Qadri of JUP for NA-239 were accepted.
Returning officer reserved the decision on the nomination papers filed by Khawaja Izharul Hassan of MQM Pakistan and he has again been summoned tomorrow for scrutiny of papers.In Karachi, total 577 candidates have filed nomination papers for 21 NA seats and 1253 candidates have submitted papers for 44 provincial assembly seats in the provincial metropolis.
According to details, scrutiny of nomination papers of candidates is continuing in all six districts of Karachi.
The Provincial Election Commission Khyber Pakhtunkhwa today completed scrutiny of twenty-two nomination papers for nine seats reserved for women in the National Assembly.
According to a spokesman of Provincial Election Commission Sohail Ahmad, scrutiny of thirty-seven nomination papers for women reserved seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has been completed.
Similarly, scrutiny of nineteen nomination papers filed for three seats reserved for minorities in the provincial Assembly has also been completed.