ECP issues new amended schedule for submission of nomination papers

ISLAMABAD: Following suspension of the Lahore High Court verdict pertaining to the nomination papers by the Supreme Court today, the Election Commission of Pakistan issued the amended schedule for elections, under which candidates can submit their nomination papers between June 4 and 8.

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Earlier, candidates were asked to submit their details and nomination papers between June 2 and 6.

Elections are scheduled for July, 25th 2018.

Supreme Court of Pakistan on Sunday dismissed the Lahore High Court verdict pertaining to the nullification of nomination paper while filing to contest elections.

Chief Justice of Pakitsan Mian Saqib Nisar, today while hearing a petition filed by Election Commission of Pakistan at Supreme Court’s Lahore registry maintained that Elections, 2018 will be held on time, and  ECP  would be held responsible for any delay in the conduct of general polls.
The petition was also filed by the former speaker of National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq seeking the apex court to dismiss LHC verdict related to nomination papers.

It is pertinent to mention that caretaker prime minister Justice(R) Nasir-ul-Mulk also vowed to hold elections on time, and directed relevant department to submit a petition at Supreme Court related to different high courts decision, which had led the conduct of elections into uncertainty.

Elections are scheduled for July 25, 2018.

On Friday, LHC nullified amendment in nomination paper sending shocking concerns to major political parties, which fear a delay in general polls.

The Lahore High Court maintained that nomination papers were not in accordance with the article of 62 and 63 of the constitution.

In its verdict on Friday, Lahore High Court nullified the nomination papers, which would be submitted by candidates from General Elections 2018, ruling that they did not seek necessary information and declarations such as details on educational background, criminal record or if they are dual nationals. The court ordered ECP to again add the requirements of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution in the nomination papers.

“The Balochistan High Court has declared delimitation of eight provincial assembly constituencies in Quetta and one in Panjgur null and void. The Election Commission of Pakistan will also immediately approach the Supreme Court on this matter, ECP official added while speaking to reporters following the meeting.

ECP Additional Secretary Akhtar Nazeer said returning officers across the country were asked then not to not accept any nomination paper on June 3 and 4.

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