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Candidates start submitting appeals against decisions of returning officers

Candidates start submitting appeals against decisions of returning officers

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The contesting candidates for the upcoming general elections have started submitting their appeals against the decisions of returning officers.

The Election Commission has already set up nine tribunals throughout the country to decide the appeals. In this regard, five tribunals will work under Lahore High Court, two under Sindh and one each under Balochistan and Peshawar High Courts.

General public can also raise their objections against the acceptance or rejection of the nomination papers of candidates.

During this phase which will continue till Wednesday, the candidates could file appeals before the election tribunals for their qualification for elections.

The candidate of PML-N from NA-60 Chadhry Ayaz Almir has filed the petition in election tribunal of high court against the decision of the returning officer. The tribunal has summoned the returning officer and all the opponents on 10th April for hearing of the appeal.

Earlier, the scrutiny of papers ended on Sunday under the schedule of election commission of Pakistan. Election Commission received 24094 nominations papers for its general seats of national and provincial assemblies, 7,364 for national assembly and 16,730 for four provincial assemblies.

The date of filing petitions against returning officers for acceptance or rejection of documents of nomination has been fixed April 10. Electoral Tribunal will decide up to 17th April on these appeals while up to 18th April the candidates will be permitted to take the documents back

Election Commission will announce final reviewed list on 19th April after complete scrutiny and on this basis general elections will be held on May 11.

Spokesman of Election Commission, Khursheed Alam confirmed that Commission has completed the process of nomination papers with the help of NADRA, State Bank of Pakistan, NAB and FBR and these papers have been sent back to the returning officers.

It is also worth mentioning here that the returning officers were criticized when the candidates were asked unnecessary queries. Election Commission ordered returning officers through letters not to ask unnecessary questions from the candidates on the basis of provisional decision of Lahore High Court.
Meanwhile, The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) received 24,094 nomination papers for 849 general seats of all five legislative assemblies for the upcoming general elections in the country as announced to be held on May 11.

The ECP is determined to ensure full implementation of Article 62 and 63 of the constitution and assured to take all necessary steps to ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the country.

Over 86 million registered voters will exercise their right to franchise to decide their future legislatures for the next five years.

An increase of 62.5 percent has been noticed in submission of nomination papers in comparison with total papers received for previous general elections held in 2008.

According to the figures provided by the Election Commission, it had received 15,056 nomination papers for general seats in 2008 elections.

As per the final statistics given by the Commission, out of total 24,094 nomination papers received for 849 general seats, it includes 7,364 papers for 272 general seats of national assembly corresponding the last time figures of 4,570.

The Commission has received 16,730 nomination papers for the provincial assemblies. In comparison to previous elections an increase of 62.61 percent has been noticed as in previous general elections this figure was 10,476.

As regards Punjab Assembly 8,370 nomination papers have been received, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly 2,522, Sindh Assembly 4,389, and Balochistan Assembly 1,449 papers.

In all five legislative assemblies, there are total 221 seats reserved for women and non-Muslim candidates, out of which women share 188 seats that accounts 85 percents of total reserved seats, whereas non-Muslims candidates have 33 seats with 15 percent share.

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