1,405 file nomination papers for NA, PA seats in Karachi – Pakistan

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• Shehbaz Sharif additionally submits his candidature for NA-242
• ROs acquired 1,072 papers for Karachi’s 47 PA constituencies
• Last day of submitting nominations in the present day
• SHC units up six election appellate tribunals throughout Sindh

KARACHI: As Sunday (in the present day) is the final day of submitting nomination papers for the Feb 8 common elections, 1,405 candidates submitted their candidatures on 22 National Assembly and 47 Sindh Assembly seats in Karachi until Saturday, information launched by the workplace of the provincial election commissioner mentioned.

The aspirants embody leaders and staff of assorted political and non secular events in addition to these keen to contest the forthcoming elections as impartial candidates from town’s seven districts — South, East, West, Central, Malir, Korangi and Keamari.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president and former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif additionally filed his nomination papers from a Karachi nationwide meeting constituency (NA-242, Baldia Town) on Saturday. PML-N chief Khawaja Ghulam Shoaib submitted his papers to the returning officer (RO) involved.

In a press release, the workplace of the provincial election commissioner acknowledged that 333 nomination papers have thus far been submitted on 22 common seats of the National Assembly in Karachi.

The variety of nomination papers filed for 47 Sindh Assembly seats in the provincial metropolis is 1,072, it added.

The provincial election commissioner has thus far acquired a complete of 431 nomination papers over the past 4 days for seats reserved for girls and minorities in the nationwide and provincial assemblies.

A complete of 109 candidates filed their nomination papers on seats reserved for girls and minorities earlier than Sindh Election Commissioner Sharifullah on Saturday.

The assertion mentioned that 22 varieties have been filed on Saturday for NA seats reserved for girls; 64 submitted for the Sindh Assembly seats reserved for girls, whereas 20 filed their candidatures for NA seats reserved for minorities.

Accepting the demand of assorted political events, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had prolonged the three-day train of submitting of nomination papers by two days and now the method to gather and file papers goes to be accomplished on Sunday night.

While the method to acquire and file nomination papers had begun on Dec 20, the Sindh Election Commission has reportedly been going through sure points as, in contrast to the previous, it had not launched any information till Saturday.

Apparently, it couldn’t well timed consolidate the figures coming from all districts of Sindh, together with Karachi, every day.

When contacted, Nabeel Abro, an official accountable for coordinating with the media on behalf of the Sindh election commissioner, claimed that there was no intricacy relating to consolidation of statistics.

He additionally denied report that the election administration system was not correctly functioning.

Election appellate tribunals

Meanwhile, the Sindh High Court has nominated six judges to determine appeals in opposition to the choices of ROs with regard to acceptance or rejection of nomination varieties.

In response to an ECP letter, SHC Registrar Suhail Muhammad Laghari acknowledged that Chief Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi has nominated six judges for the election appellate tribunals.

Justice Arshad Hussain, Justice Khadim Hussain Tunio and Justice Adnan-ul-Karim Memon will hear and determine election appeals for the areas falling inside Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas divisions at SHC’s principal seat in Karachi.

Justice Irshad Ali Shah and Justice Zulfiqar Ali Sangi will head the election appellate tribunals and take up appeals to be filed from Sukkur and Shaheed Benazirabad divisions on the SHC’s Sukkur bench.

Justice Muhammad Saleem Jessar will take up election appeals from areas falling inside the jurisdiction of Larkana division on the SHC circuit court docket Larkana.

The final date to file appeals in opposition to the choices of the ROs is Jan 3 and the election tribunals must deicide all such appeals by Jan 10.

Published in Dawn, December twenty fourth, 2023

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