ECP sends poll symbols of 145 parties to returning officers – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) has despatched an inventory of electoral symbols of 145 political parties to the returning officers (ROs).

Sources advised Dawn the checklist doesn’t embody ‘bat’ — PTI’s electoral image. Around a dozen different parties, together with ANP, have additionally not been allotted symbols due to authorized deficiencies.

PTI has been disadvantaged of the image as ECP has declared its intra-occasion elections null and void, whereas the ANP failed to conduct the elections and thus turned ineligible to receive election symbols beneath the legislation.

Major parties, which have been allotted symbols, embody PPPP (arrow), PML-N (tiger), PTI-Nazriyati (batsman), PTI-Parliamentarians (turban), Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party (eagle), MQM-P (kite), JUI-F (e-book), BNP-Mengal (axe), Jamaat-i-Islami (scale), Sunni Ittehad Council (horse), BAP (human eye), Pakistan Muslim League (tractor) and PkMAP Party (tree).

The checklist of contesting candidates will likely be revealed tomorrow (January 11), and returning officers are to allot symbols to the contesting candidates on Jan 13.

It has been highlighted that election symbols of political parties shall in no case be allotted to any impartial candidate. The checklist of separate election symbols for impartial candidates has additionally been despatched to the ROs.

The Election Commission has directed the returning officers not to allot symbols aside from these talked about within the checklist.

Published in Dawn, January tenth, 2024

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