PPP voices concern over denial of electoral symbol to candidates in Punjab – Pakistan

PPP’s Senator Taj Haider on Monday wrote a letter to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja expressing concern over the “prevailing development” in Punjab the place social gathering candidates being denied the ‘arrow’ symbol.

On Sunday, the senator had written to the fee over PPP candidates Muhammad Fayyaz Bhatti and Mujahid Islam — contesting from PP-163 (Lahore) and PP-119 (Toba Tek Singh I) — not being allotted the ‘arrow’ symbol and being pushed in the independents class.

The difficulty of incorrect election symbols for PPP candidates comes because the social gathering’s election marketing campaign, led by social gathering Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, has been in full swing in Punjab.

On a number of events, Bilawal has complained concerning the alleged historic discrimination towards his social gathering in the province. In a current interplay with the media, he stated the PPP may carry out properly in Punjab this time if supplied a degree enjoying subject in the province.

In two separate letters in the present day, a duplicate of which is accessible with Dawn.com, Senator Haider, who’s in cost of the social gathering’s central election cell, urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to word the failure to difficulty the social gathering symbol to candidates contesting from PP-20 (Chakwal) and PP-21 (Chakwal II).

He stated that each the social gathering candidates, Chaudhary Naushad Khan and Raja Amjad Noor, had been denied the social gathering symbol and had been listed an impartial candidates regardless of having social gathering tickets. The letters requested CEC Raja to direct the returning officers (ROs) to difficulty the ‘arrow’ symbol to each candidates.

A separate letter by Haider particularly introduced the CEC’s consideration to the denial of the social gathering symbol to candidates. He cited Section 66 of the Election Act, 2017, saying that it was the “solely and the ultimate requirement for in search of allotment of a prescribed symbol”.

Emphasising that the entire system of constitutional democracy was constructed across the construction of political events, the senator stated: “We have repeatedly skilled that the presence of independents in an elected home does open an unlucky window for horse buying and selling and exerting pressures on elected independents.”

He stated independents had been typically elected by taking benefit of “parochial, racial, tribal, sectarian, and provincial prejudices” including that underneath Article 33 of the Constitution, it was the state’s responsibility to discourage such and comparable prejudices.

He stated that pushing candidates affiliated with a celebration into the class of independents was opposite to the provisions of Article 33 of the Constitution.

“We request issuance of your common directions to all ROs and district returning officers (DROs) to allot prescribed symbols to all candidates who’ve on the time of in search of a prescribed symbol submitted a certificates from their social gathering relating to their affiliation to that social gathering,” the letter concluded.

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