Islamabad (February 12, 2018): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), on Monday, extended the scrutiny time for the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) for the upcoming Senate elections to 12:00 midnight tonight.
In an issued notice, the ECP wrote that the delay was “due to late submissions of details regarding dual nationality holders by the Ministry of Interior.”
The ECP has received 34 nomination papers from Punjab, eight from Islamabad, 34 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 28 from Balochistan and 49 from Sindh, and nine from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Radio Pakistan reports.
In Islamabad, Returning Officer Zafar Iqbal is carrying out the scrutiny in the presence of candidates and their representatives.In Karachi, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidates for technocrats and women’s seats were present before Returning Officer Muhammad Yousuf Khattak for scrutiny of nomination papers.
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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani and other party leaders accompanied the candidates.
According to Election Commission officials in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, scrutiny of nomination papers of 20 candidates for seven general seats was completed. The process for seats reserved for technocrats was completed a day earlier.
The scrutiny of nomination papers for two women’s seats is in progress.
Those who have submitted nomination papers from Balochistan include Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Amir Afzal Khan, National Party’s Muhammad Akram, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s Maulvi Faiz Muhammad, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s Muhammad Yousaf Khan Kakar and Sardar Shafiq Khan Tareen, Balochistan National Party-Mengal’s Hamayun Aziz Kurd and Awami National Party’s Nizamuddin Kakar. Independent candidates Muhammad Sadiq Sanjarani, Ahmed Khan, Abdul Qadir, Alauddin, Anwarul Haq Kakar, Kauda Babar, Hussain and Fateh Muhammad Baloch are also in the field.Polling for the Senate seats will be held on March 3.
Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday rejected former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s nomination papers for the Senate elections.
Ishaq Dar, a relative of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and sitting senator, had applied on a technocrat seat from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
The returning officer rejected his nomination papers during scrutiny today as the counsel for a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate objected that Dar had not submitted an authentic declaration of his assets.
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The returning officer ruled that Dar, thus, is not ‘honest’ and ‘truthful’ as per the Constitution.
The Counsel representing Dar however said that the documents submitted by Ishaq Dar are just mere documents and had no legal weight.