Election Activities Begin Across The Country

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Islamabad (June 04, 2018): Election Activities have begun today across the country, candidates are reaching returning officers’ office to receive forms for the upcoming elections.

According to the details, candidates have started to reach the session courts across the country to receive nomination papers from the returning officers.

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Election Commission will accept nomination papers from the candidates for general elections till 8th of this month.

Scrutiny of nomination papers by Returning Officers will be conducted by 14th of this month. Appeals against decisions of Returning Officers can be filed by 19th, while appeals will be decided by Appellate Tribunals by 26th of this month.

Revised list of candidates will be published by 27th.

Candidates can withdraw their candidature by 28th of the current month and then the final list of candidates will be published the same day. Election symbols will be allotted to the contesting candidates on 29th of this month.

According to the Election Commission, the same programme will be applicable to the seats reserved for Women and non-Muslims in the National Assembly and provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan.

Yesterday,  Election Commission of Pakistan issued a new schedule for accepting nomination papers.

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The names of candidates will be published on 8th of June.

Earlier, Supreme Court of Pakistan had turned down the Lahore High Court verdict regarding nomination papers.

Hearing a ECP petition, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar remarked that elections will be held on time. He further said that ECP will be responsible for any kind of delay.

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Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar scheduled for hearing the petition filed by former speaker of National Assembly and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, and Election Commission of Pakistan, which challenged LHC’s ruling on nomination papers.

The petitioners had stated that LHC’s decision on nomination forms would delay elections. According to the petitioners, they took the matter to Supreme Court as they did not want timings of elections to be affected.

The elections are feared to be delayed as the filing of nomination papers has been put on hold following LHC’s ruling. Earlier, the nomination papers were to be filed between June 2 and 6.

Ayaz Sadiq and ECP’s counsel had also requested the CJP to hear petition at the earliest.

On June 1, LHC ruled that nomination forms that were to be submitted by candidates for the upcoming general elections did not include mandatory information, including details on their educational background, criminal record and nationality.Following the ruling, ECP summoned an emergency meeting where it was decided they would take the matter to the Supreme Court.

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The ECP had also decided to challenge Balochistan High Court’s ruling on delimitation of constituencies. The BHC had declared delimitation of eight provincial assembly constituencies in Quetta and one in Panjgur null and void.

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Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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