NA-53: IHC issues notice to RO over rejecting Imran’s nomination papers

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, Islamabad High Court Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani took up Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s plea challenging the dismissal of his nomination papers from the capital’s NA-53 constituency.

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On Tuesday, the NA-53 returning officer (RO) had rejected Imran’s nomination papers along with those of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former federal minister and governor Mehtab Abbasi and estranged PTI leader Ayesha Gulalai for failing to properly fill out the affidavit attached with the nomination papers.

On Wednesday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan filed an appeal on Wednesday against the rejection of his candidacy for Islamabad’s NA-53 constituency.

In his appeal, submitted to the appellate tribunal, the PTI chief has pleaded the tribunal to reject the decision of the returning officer (RO) to reject his nomination papers.
The appeal states that the RO’s decision is against the Constitution.

On Tuesday, the RO for NA-53 had rejected the nomination papers of Imran, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former federal minister and governor Mehtab Abbasi and estranged PTI leader Ayesha Gulalai for failing to properly fill out the affidavit attached with the nomination papers.

As the ECP concluded the scrutiny of nomination papers on Tuesday, it formed six appellate tribunals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eight in Punjab, four in Sindh, two in Balochistan and one in Islamabad to hear the appeals.

Candidates whose nominations have been rejected can file appeals in the appellate tribunals from today.

The decision on the appeals will be made by June 27, after which the final list of the candidates will be shared on June 28.

The last date for withdrawal of candidature will be June 29.

Moreover, the date for allocation of electoral symbols and publication of the final list of contesting candidates will be June 30.

Polling for General Election 2018 will be held on July 25.

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