PPP Lauds Decision of SC of Turning Down LHC’s Verdict

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According to ECP, nomination papers will now be accepted from 4th (today) to 8th of this month.

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

Earlier , Supreme Court of Pakistan hadturned 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 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.The court ordered ECP to again add the requirements of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution in the nomination papers.

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.

Election schedule

1. Public Notice to be issued by the Returning Officer on 01.06.2018

2. Dates for filing of nomination papers with the Returning Officer by the candidates

02.06.2018 to 06.06.2018

3. Publication of names of the nominated candidates 07.06.2018

4. Last date for Scrutiny of nomination papers by the Returning Officer 14.06.2018

5. Last date for filing of appeals against decisions of the Returning Officer rejecting/accepting the

nomination papers 19.06.2018

6. Last date for deciding of appeals by the Appellate Tribunal 26.06.2018

7. Publication of revised list of candidates 27.06.2018

8. Last date for withdrawal of candidature and Publication of revised list of candidates

28.06.2018

9. Allotment of Election Symbol to contesting candidate 29.06.2018

10. Polling day 25.07.2018

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Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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