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Senate elections: ECP extends date to file nomination papers

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday extended the date to file nomination papers for the Senate election till February 15.

According to the statement released by ECP, the date to file nomination papers has been set from February 12 till February 15.

The ECP said that it was amending the dates after seeing reports in the media that the candidates were facing difficulties in completing legal formalities to file nomination papers.

The Senate polls are scheduled to be held on March 3.

According to the notification, the scrutiny of nomination papers will be held between 17 to 18 February. The candidates can file appeals against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers on 20th of this month. These appeals will be disposed off until February 23, the notification read.

The revised list of candidates will be published on February 24, while the candidates can withdraw their nomination papers until February 25.

On the other side, Many parties had called on the ECP to change the dates to file nomination of papers.

PTI announces candidates for Senate elections:

Meanwhile, The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced the list of candidates for the upcoming Senate elections polls.

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Friday disclosed in his various tweets that the party has finalised most of its candidates for the Senate polls.

“The PTI has finalised the names of most of its candidates. From Islamabad, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Fauzia Arshad have been selected as the PTI’s candidates,” he tweeted.

“From Sindh, Faisal Vawda will contest the election while Saifullah Abro will contest the election for the technocrats seat as the PTI’s candidate,” added the minister.

“From Punjab, Saifullah Niazi, Dr Zarqa and Barrister Ali Zafar will contest the election as PTI candidates. Announcements regarding the other seats will be made later,” said Chaudhry.
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“Shibli Faraz, Mohsin Aziz, Dost Mohammad, Sania Nishtar and Farzana have been included in the list of final names.” he tweeted.

The names of other nominees will be announced later, Chaudhry said in his Twitter post.

Sherry Rehman, Taj Haider, Mandviwala among PPP candidates for Senate elections:

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) also announced the list of candidates for the upcoming Senate elections polls.

According to the details, 14 of its PPP candidates will contest the upcoming Senate polls.

The PPP issued tickets to Taj Haider, Saleem Mandviwala, Sherry Rehman, Shahadat Awan, Jam Mehtab Dehar for Sindh’s general seats.

For the technocrat seat, tickets were issued to the Sindh-based party’s Farooq H. Naek, Shahadat Awan and Dr Karim Ahmed Khawaja, whereas Palwasha Khan and Khairunisa Mughal for the women’s seat whereas Rukhsana Shah as a covering candidate.

In addition, PPP has issued the ticket to Azeem-ul-Haq Minhas in Punjab.

While from Islamabad, PPP proposal for the joint candidate with PDM is Yousuf Raza Gillani whereas, from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Farhatullah Babar will also be the joint candidate in the upcoming Senate elections.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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