MULTAN: At least 404 candidates have filed nomination papers with 19 returning officers in Multan for six National Assembly and 13 provincial assembly seats for the upcoming general elections scheduled to be held on July 25.
The returning officers have started scrutinising the nomination papers submitted and the process will continue till June 19 following which candidates will start filing appeals against the acceptance and rejection of nomination papers, an official from ECP Multan said.
Multan Deputy Election Commissioner Shakeel Ahmad said that all the arrangements were ready for holding the general elections. A total of 110 candidates filed nominations for six National Assembly seats in Multan.
Similarly, 294 candidates filed nomination papers for 13 provincial assembly seats in Multan Political leaders, who filed nomination papers, included former federal minister Haji Sikandar Hayat Bosan, Ahmad Hassan Dehar, Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani, and Shahzad Maqbool Bhutta from NA-154. Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, and Sheikh Tariq Rasheed from NA-155.
Meanwhile, PTI Vice-Chairman Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Rana Shahidul Hassan, and Syed Tanveerul Hassan Gilani filed nomination papers from NA-156, while Makhdoom Zain Qureshi, Syed Ali Musa Gilani, and Abdul Ghaffar Dogar filed papers from NA-157.
Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Syed Javed Ali Shah and Ibrahim Khan filed nominations from NA-158, while the candidates from NA-159 included Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, and Naghma Mushtaq Laang.
Election symbols for the parties will be allotted on June 30, when the final list of contesting candidates will be published, ECP Multan officials said.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2018.