Poll candidates claim to have spent within ECP’s set limit

LAHORE, PAKISTAN - MAY 07: A volunteer sits outside the Lahore campaign headquarters of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) party, on May 07, 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan. PTI chairman Imran Khan was injured at a rally in Lahore today after having fallen off a lifter. Pakistan's parliamentary elections are due to be held on May 11. Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) have been campaigning hard in the last weeks before polling. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
  • Imran spent less than Rs1m, Shehbaz Rs2m on election campaign

Following the directives by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to the candidates to submit the details of election expenditures, the commission on Saturday started receiving details from candidates who contested election from Lahore.

According to details submitted with the ECP by various candidates, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan, who contested from NA-131 (Lahore-IX), spent Rs997,925 on his campaign.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, who contested from NA-132 (Lahore-X), spent a total of Rs1,934,447, according to details submitted by him to the ECP. Shehbaz spent Rs600,000 on fuel while Rs1.1 million were spent on campaign ads.

PTI’s Aleem Khan, who lost from NA-129 (Lahore-VII), spent a total of Rs3,984,500 during his campaign while expenses incurred by PML-N’s Hamza Shahbaz, who was successful from NA-124 (Lahore-II) during his campaign, amounted to Rs1,850,625.

PML-N’s Waheed Alam, who emerged victorious from NA-125 (Lahore-III), spent Rs1,955,095 on his campaign.

Raheel Asghar, PML-N’s MNA-elect from NA-128 (Lahore-VI), spent a total of Rs1,651,334 on his election campaign.

The last date for candidates, both winners and losers, to submit the record of money spent during electioneering expires on Saturday (August 4) .