Karachi (June 02, 2018): Pakistan Peoples Party leaders on Saturday said any amendments to the nomination papers of candidates should only be made by the Parliament.
A press conference was held in Karachi earlier today where senior PPP leaders including Sherry Rehman and Khursheed Shah spoke to journalists.
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The PPP leaders stressed that ‘no objectionable changes’ had been made to the nomination papers. Sherry noted that the Senate elections had also been conducted through the same nomination papers.
“ECP does not have the mandate to bring any changes to the nomination papers, which were passed through an Act of the Parliament that had consensus [by opposition and government],” Shah said, adding that any required changes could only be made by approaching the Parliament.
Shah said that all political parties, including PPP, want the polls to be held on time.“LHC’s decision has affected the election schedule and at present, it seems like the general elections will be delayed,” Sherry said.
“ECP had said the elections would be held on time and we are hopeful that the same will be the case,” she said, adding that every institution should make efforts that ensure timely elections in the country.
However, Shah said that the recent resolution passed by the Balochistan Assembly and Pervez Khattak’s letter had cast doubts [on timely elections].Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Khattak had written a letter to ECP, seeking a reconsideration in the timing of polls in the tribal belt which was recently merged with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Earlier, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari emphasized principled opposition to delay in General Elections 2018.
Taking to social-networking website Twitter, Bilawal expressed concerns over the decisions of Lahore High Court (LHC), Islamabad High Court (IHC) and Balochistan High Court (BHC) regarding nomination papers and delimitations.
PPP held press conference emphasizing principled opposition to delay in elections. IHC, BHC & LHC decisions & timings cause for concern particularly given nominations were to start tomorrow. Parliaments authority undermined. KP CM letter & Balochistan resolution also of concern
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) June 1, 2018
“IHC, BHC and LHC decisions and timings cause for concern particularly given nominations were to start tomorrow,” he stated.
He also expressed reservations over the letter of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) CM and Balochistan Assembly‘s resolution to extend date of the elections.
It is to be mentioned here that IHC had nullified delimitation of as many as 12 districts including Kasur, Sheikhupura, Ghotki and Kharan, while the petitions filed against the constituencies of Khanewal, Chiniot, Kurram Agency, Rajanpur, Mansehra, Swabi, Jacobabad, Gujranwala and Umer Kot were also rejected.
BHC had also declared delimitation of eight provincial electoral constituencies null and void in Quetta. The constituencies included PB-24, PB 25, PB 26, PB 27, PB 28, PB 29, PB 30 and PB 32.