ECP Additional Secretary, Afzal Khan while talking to media said that no one can win election on gun point and added only those candidates securing highest number of votes will win this time.
Afzal Khan warned that those demonstrating weapons during elections would be sent to jail. He said that the people only would be elected through votes of the masses and not through gun point. He said that 5723 candidates have so far submitted their nomination forms. He said 2546 nomination papers have been sent to the returning officers after the initial scrutiny.
He said scrutiny of 958 national assembly candidates and scrutiny of 1588 provincial assembly candidates have been completed and have been sent to the returning officers. He said 135 candidates have submitted the nomination papers on the 10 seats of minorities.
Meanwhile the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has extended the deadline for candidates to file nomination forms till Sunday midnight. Earlier candidates’ had until 4:00 PM to file their nomination forms.
The ECP will start scrutiny of the nomination papers from tomorrow (Monday) and has asked different organisations to provide a list of those defaulting on their dues.
The ECP had revised the schedule for the general elections, setting a new deadline of March 31 for submitting nomination papers.
In the second phase, the ECP would carry out the scrutiny of nomination papers from April 1 to 7.
The ECP has set April 10 as the deadline for the filing of appeals against decisions of the returning officers rejecting or accepting the nomination papers.
The Election Tribunals will decide the fate of these appeals by April 17. The candidates will be allowed to withdraw their nominations by April 18.
After a thorough scrutiny, the ECP will publish the final revised list of candidates on April 19 which will follow the holding of elections on May 11, according to the schedule.
Meanwhile, in a notification, the ECP has asked the Water and Power Development Authority, Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited, Sui Southern Gas Pipeline Limited, the National Telecommunication Cooperation, Ministry of Housing and Works and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to provide details of defaulters.
The notification has also been forwarded to the administrations of the Punjab House, KPK House, Sindh House and Balochistan House to provide details of those owing amounts.
Moreover, the private utility organisations have also been asked to provide list of defaulters as it would help the ECP for the scrutiny of the nomination papers of the candidates.