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PML-N seeks 2-day extension in deadline for submitting nomination papers

PML-N leader Ishaq Dar
PML-N chief Ishaq Dar on Thursday wrote a letter to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) looking for a two-day extension within the deadline to submit nomination papers for the upcoming basic elections.

With little than over a month left for polls, the electoral watchdog has entered election mode. Final week, the fee issued the election schedule, placing an finish to uncertainty surrounding the train.

As per the schedule, the method to file nomination papers for nationwide and provincial assemblies seats commenced yesterday. The papers may be filed between 8:30am and 4:30pm until Dec 22 (Friday).

In line with tips issued by the electoral physique, a candidate have to be accompanied by two voters of the identical constituency who would suggest and second his nomination. Nonetheless, no particular person can develop into a proposer or seconder for a couple of candidate.

In a letter posted on X (previously Twitter), Dar — who’s the chairman of the occasion’s election cell — famous that in line with the schedule issued by the ECP, candidates have been required to file nomination papers from Dec 20 to Dec 22 whereas dates for scrutiny have been fastened from Dec 24 to Dec 30.

“The fee enjoys the ability to make obligatory amendments within the [election] schedule with out affecting/altering the polling date,” he mentioned.

The PML-N senator highlighted that solely three days had been allotted for the submitting of nomination papers whereas seven days had been given for the scrutiny of the identical.

“The method of submitting nomination papers requires a number of particulars in addition to paperwork to be annexed with the identical which additionally consists of NOCs/NECs from numerous public sector division. Such [an] train is certainly time consuming and any lapse can result in rejection of nomination papers,” Dar contended.

“It’s subsequently requested that as a way to facilitate hundreds of candidates desirous to participate in elections, it might be appreciated if solely two days’ extension is granted in submitting of nomination paper by amending the schedule issued on December 15 with out altering the polling day,” he mentioned.