PML-N requests a two-day extension for submitting nomination papers

PML-N leader Ishaq Dar has submitted a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday, formally requesting a two-day extension for the deadline to submit nomination papers for the upcoming general elections.

As the polls draw near, the Election Commission has transitioned into election mode, having issued the election schedule last week, putting an end to uncertainties surrounding the electoral process. As per the schedule, the filing of nomination papers for national and provincial assembly seats commenced on the previous day and will continue until December 22 (Friday) between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

According to the guidelines outlined by the electoral body, a candidate must be accompanied by two voters from the same constituency to propose and second their nomination. Notably, an individual is prohibited from serving as a proposer or seconder for more than one candidate.

In a letter shared on social media, Dar, who serves as the chairman of the party’s election cell, emphasized that, according to the schedule issued by the ECP, candidates are required to file nomination papers from December 20 to December 22, with scrutiny set to take place from December 24 to December 30.

Dar pointed out that while only three days were allocated for the filing of nomination papers, seven days had been designated for their scrutiny. He noted that the nomination process involves multiple details and requires the annexation of various documents, including NOCs/NECs from different public sector departments. Stressing that this process is time-consuming and any oversight could lead to the rejection of nomination papers, Dar requested a two-day extension in filing nomination papers to facilitate the numerous candidates aspiring to participate in the elections. He suggested that this extension could be granted without altering the polling day already established in the schedule issued on December 15.

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