ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday announced by-election to the 20 vacant seats of the Punjab Assembly.
The ECP said that a by-election to the 20 vacant seats of the provincial assembly will be held on July 17. These seats fell vacant after the ECP de-seated 25 dissident MPAs of the PTI in Punjab for voting in favour of Hamza Sharif against the party policy.
The nomination papers for the by-election will be accepted from June 4 to 7, and scrutiny of the papers will be held on June 11. The election tribunal will decide on appeals against rejection or acceptance of nomination papers by June 21, while nomination papers can be withdrawn by June 23.
The constituencies where by-elections will be held include PP-7, PP-83, PP-90, PP-97, PP-125, PP-127, PP-140, PP-158, PP-167, PP-168, PP-170, PP-202, PP-217, PP-224, PP-228, PP-237, PP-272, PP-273, PP-282 Layyah and PP-288.
The date for the by-elections comes after the ECP on Monday de-notified the 25 PTI MPAs.
The decision to de-seat the 25 PTI dissidents came during the announcement of the verdict in a case pertaining to the dissident members of the Punjab Assembly (MPAs).
Earlier, the ECP had issued official notifications for the cancellation of the dissidents’ election from respective constituencies of Punjab and seats reserved for women and non-Muslims.