The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) suspends the priority list of PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) candidates for reserved seats. It suspended PTI scrutiny until the decision came against the intra-party elections case.
According to an ECP spokesperson, the decision was made after the PTI was denied the use of a bat as an electoral symbol. He stated that the PTI has filed an appeal to the Peshawar High Court (PHC) over the decision of ECP to remove of bat symbol for the elections.
ECP spokesperson said that the scrutiny process would begin following the decisions of the Peshawar High Court and other courts. In this regard, ECP suspends the priority list of candidates of PTI.
Meanwhile, the female candidates of PTI protested outside the provincial office of the Election Commission of Pakistan. They later withdrew their nomination papers after the returning officers marked them.
Furthermore, an ECP spokesperson stated that the scrutiny process of nomination papers will continue till December 30, 2023, after which the list of candidates with approved nomination papers will be displayed.
The 20 members on the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) priority list for special seats. While the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) tops six members on its priority list.
Munazza Hassan is ranked first on the priority list of the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) while Firdous Ashiq is ranked second. Asia Azim was ranked third on the priority list for strengthening the IPP party.
ECP data revealed that 28,626 candidates have filed the nomination papers for 1,085 regular and reserved seats in national and provincial assemblies for the general elections 2024 in Pakistan.
According to information provided by the Election Commission of Pakistan, at least 7,713 candidates including 471 women have filed nominations to run for 266 general seats in the National Assembly (NA).
There are about 3,871 candidates including 227 women filed nomination papers for 141 NA sets in Punjab. While 1,681 candidates including 100 women filed nomination papers for 61 NA seats in Sindh.
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