ECP finalises lists of candidates, symbols for upcoming polls

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ISLAMABAD: Final lists of candidates along with their symbols have been posted outside the offices of returning officers and district returning officers countrywide.

In Islamabad, 28 candidates are in the race for the NA-52 seat whilst for NA-54, the main contestants are Anjum Aqeel of PML -N, Asad Umar of PTI, Imran Ashraf of PPP and Mian Aslam of MMA.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Ayesha Gulalai and former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi are vying for the NA-53 seat among others.

According to Election Commissioner of Pakistan (ECP) officials, the process of consolidation of data is currently underway and the completion of the process will take some time.

The final list of candidates will be published on the election commission’s website after the consolidation of entire data.

Earlier, after decisions of the appellate tribunals on appeals, the revised list of candidates was published on Thursday.

The appellate tribunals across the country heard and decided the appeals of candidates against rejection and acceptance of nomination papers by June 27.

It is pertinent to mention here that the ECP had established 21 appellate tribunals throughout the country for trial and disposal of appeals against the decisions of Returning Officers for rejecting or accepting of nomination papers pertaining to national and provincial assembly constituencies for general seats as well as seats reserved for non-Muslims in the National Assembly.

As many as six tribunals had been established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eight in Punjab, four in Sindh, two in Balochistan and one in Islamabad. The process of filing of nomination papers with the Returning Officers by the candidates was started on June 4 and continued till June 11 while the names of the nominated candidates were published on June 11.

The last date for scrutiny of nomination papers by the Returning papers was June 19 while the last date for filing of appeals against the decisions of the Returning Officers rejecting or accepting the nomination papers was June 22.

The last date for deciding of appeals by the appellate tribunals was June 27 while the date of publication of the revised list of candidates was June 28.