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ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday challenged the returning officer’s decision rejecting his nomination papers for NA-53 Islamabad’s constituency.
During scrutiny on Tuesday, Abbasi’s nomination papers had been dismissed by the returning officer (RO) as the former premier failed to mention the development work he undertook in his previous constituency.
Abbasi filed an election petition through his lawyer, requesting an appellate tribunal to set aside the decision.
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) will likely take up his appeal today.
The RO had earlier rejected the nomination papers of of other contenders for the constituency, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, on similar grounds.
According to the ECP, the nomination forms were turned down over violation of Section N of the affidavit, relating to development work a candidate undertook in their constituency.
The objection raised by the returning officer stated that the respective candidates failed to fill up affidavit according to the conditions mentioned.
Moreover, as per the Election Commission of Pakistan schedule, today is the last day to file appeals against decisions of the ROs.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has already established twenty one appellate tribunals to hear appeals.
According to the Commission, eight tribunals have been established in Punjab, four in Sindh, six in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa two in Balochistan and one in Islamabad.
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.
The election tribunals have until June 27 to decide on the appeals after which the revised list of the candidates will be shared on June 28.
The last date for withdrawal of candidature will be June 29 whereas 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.