ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The Election Commission of Pakistan received 9,493 nomination papers across the country as it concluded first phase of the election due on May 11 that would mark historic democratic transition of power in country.
The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), the Federal Board of Revenue, the National Accountability Bureau and the State Bank of Pakistan have so far carried out scrutiny of 9,086, 5981,5355 and 5356 nomination papers respectively , according to reports.
The Election Commission received 1166 nomination papers for the National Assembly seats while 3146 candidates submitted their nomination papers for the Punjab Assembly seats.
Similarly, 178 candidates submitted nomination forms for the National Assembly Seats and 385 were aspiring to run for the Balochistan Assembly seats. In, Sindh 429 and 634 nomination papers while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1084 and 787 were received for the National and provincial assembly seats respectively.
On the hand the returning officers have summoned Mian Nawaz Sharif, Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Imran Khan for the scrutiny of nomination papers. Returning officer has summoned Nawaz Sharif on 3rd and 4th April for the scrutiny of nomination papers on constituencies NA- 119 and NA 120. Meanwhile returning officer has summoned Shahabz Sharif on 3rd and 4th April for scrutiny of nomination papers on NA 129 and PP 159 and 161. On the other hand returning officer has summoned Imran Khan on 5th April for scrutiny of nomination papers on NA 122 and NA 126.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has already received replies from NAB, FBR and State Bank for 4600 nomination papers.
Meanwhile the 13 political parties have submitted the priority lists of minority candidates in the election commission of Pakistan. 106 candidates have submitted the nomination forms on the 10 reserved seats of minorities.
The Election Commission is also in the process of posting the nomination papers of candidates on their website along with information of their respective districts.
Strict scrutiny of nomination papers according to article 62 and 63 of the constitution will continue on till 7th April after which all ineligible candidates will be barred from contesting the upcoming general elections.
All candidates however, have the right to file appeals against the decision of the Returning Officers on the acceptance or rejection of nomination papers till 10th April. Decisions on these appeals can be taken till the 17th of April after which a final list of candidates will be published on 19th April.
It must be mentioned that the number of nomination papers filed as compared to the last elections has dropped by almost 50 percent when as many as 15,000 candidates had filed nomination papers.