ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday had announced that it will start distributing tickets to its candidates on the last day of this month, according to a local media report.
PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said, “PTI has so far received more than 41,000 applications and the party will field candidates for all 272 seats of the National Assembly.”
It had further been reported that the party would distribute tickets to its candidates from Islamabad on May 31, those from Punjab on June 2 and 3, those from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on June 4, those from Sindh on June 5, and those from Balochistan on June 6.
The PTI spokesperson further stated that the party had formulated a set of eligibility criteria for choosing the best candidate from among the applicants as the party is facing difficulty in distributing the tickets.
“They have come mostly from the constituencies where the PTI candidates lost the 2013 elections with a margin of more than 20,000 votes. Therefore, this time the party is considering fielding the newcomers in these places,” the PTI spokesperson said.
He further mentioned that PTI Chairman Imran Khan had already announced that the party would not enter into an alliance for the elections, adding that the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Jamaat-e-Islami had approached the chief for forming alliances but he had turned down their requests.
Earlier, while addressing his party’s central and provincial leaders at a function in Karachi, Khan said, “PTI had become the focus of nation’s aspirations; so he had decided to award party tickets himself to strong candidates on merit.”
He was of the opinion that solution to all the problems faced by the country lay in the success of the PTI in the coming elections.