Punjab LG polls: PTI may try out rejected poll aspirants of PML-N

Published: September 6, 2015
Chaudhry Sarwar. PHOTO: FILE

Chaudhry Sarwar. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will wait for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to stop issuing party tickets for the upcoming local government elections in Punjab before it offers the rejected aspirants of rival parties the chance to contest the polls on a PTI ticket.

The plan was conceived by PTI Punjab Organiser Chaudhry Sarwar, who suggested that the party wait until their rivals are done with the nominations. “The rejected PML-N members will run towards the PTI in the hope of better luck with us.”

A long queue of candidates has formed at the ruling party’s office in Lahore as October 31 – the date scheduled for the first phase of LG polls in Punjab – draws nearer.

While the PML-N can be seen actively trying to finalise the issuance of party tickets for the LG polls, the PTI hasn’t revealed the policy it has devised and is focused more on the by-election for NA-122 (Lahore-V).

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is mulling over how it should contest the upcoming local bodies’ elections.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has arrived in Lahore and started conducting party meetings. But so far no plans regarding the local government elections have been revealed.


A PML-N delegation led by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah met members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and persuaded them to give the party until September 30 to issue tickets to the nominees. A notification is expected to be issued soon.

The ECP had earlier set September 11 as the deadline for the parties to issue tickets, but the PML-N said there wasn’t enough time.

PML-N has chosen its party candidates for six of the 12 districts where polling will be held in the first phase. They are expected to select the nominees for the remaining districts by September 7 or 8.

The PML-N’s provincial parliamentary board, led by Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, would finalise the candidates for the first and second phase by September 17.

Meanwhile, PTI Lahore President Aleem Khan is focused on NA-122 and seems to have ignored the rest of Lahore, which is included in the first phase of the LG polls.

The PML-N and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek have started making efforts to strengthen their parties at the grassroots level.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Abdullah
    Sep 6, 2015 - 9:52AM

    So now they will take the PML-N lotas for PTI.If PML N couldnt think they were better but PTI thought they are better than any 1 in pti.So they can give them ticket.What a waste my vote was in 2013 for PTI.Will never vote for PTI again.Recommend

  • Cultbuster
    Sep 6, 2015 - 10:11AM

    This is hilarious…waiting for more lotas. Tabdeeli aa gayee haRecommend

  • Sceptic
    Sep 6, 2015 - 10:17AM

    What happened to the lofty slogan, “Saaf Chali Shafaf Chali”. PTI has not stooped to accepting the rejects (or leftovers) of PML-N in order to win. It seems a corrupt candidate becomes “clean” once he joins PTI. Recommend

  • Abdul Aleem
    Sep 6, 2015 - 11:03AM

    Its strange that all those contesting or aspiring to contest on PMLN’s ticket are corrupt, but the moment they cross over the fence towards PTI, they are the cleanest ever candidatesRecommend

  • Reality Check
    Sep 6, 2015 - 11:46AM

    Tabdeeli aaa nahin rahi.. Tabdeeli aaa gaye hai!!!Recommend

  • Reality Check
    Sep 6, 2015 - 11:58AM

    See I have a huge problem with this where is the ideological base of PTI they are the ones that should be given the tickets for any party the workers that have stood by it through thick and thin should be given the party ticket.
    Personally i think the party should not have the right to award tickets i think the local constituents(registered members of the party) should choose their nominee and then everyone in that party backs them. When the party leadership awards tickets its prone to manipulation and the chances of being stuffed with loyalists, whereas in primaries(where constituent members choose their candidate) the candidate with most party wins gets the nomination and he gets to convince his member constituents first and in my opinion its the way to go for the future and for strengthening overall democracy in Pakistan give the power back from the party head to the people.Recommend

  • Mamu
    Sep 6, 2015 - 12:47PM

    Its a suggestion till now and hopefully PTI will reject such suggestions. We do respect Chaudhry Sarwar but taking runner ups from PMLN will lead to more chaos in PTI. It is a very bad idea. They have faced many set backs for taking electables in KPK assembly and now the electables are in Jail.Recommend

  • Zebra Head
    Sep 6, 2015 - 12:54PM

    Didn’t know PTI is so desperate. While PMLn has received overwhelming response to LG poll applications, PTI is looking to take in rejects. Why PTI what happened did people not apply for your LG tickets. Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Sep 6, 2015 - 12:54PM

    PTI still could not become a political party, this is just a TOLA of LOTAS of different parties and this article is a more solid proof in this regard. No any ideology here in PTI. Recommend

  • Marya
    Sep 6, 2015 - 12:57PM

    What can you expect from a lota. Chaudary Sarwar is himself a PMLn rejected opportunist.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 6, 2015 - 12:57PM

    Only a Lota like Chaudhry Sarwar can come up with such a novel way to contest an election. No wonder PTI will always remain a 2 number party.Recommend

  • Shafiullah Shirazi
    Sep 6, 2015 - 2:26PM

    I do not doubt the sincerity of Ch. Sarwar but the idea of waiting for rejected is very peculiar. Recommend

  • Haider Rehman
    Sep 6, 2015 - 2:33PM

    If this happens, I WILL NOT VOTE FOR PTI!!!Recommend

  • Waah
    Sep 6, 2015 - 2:35PM

    Saaf chali – shaffaaf chali
    Loto.n ko le ke saath chaliRecommend

  • Kickass
    Sep 6, 2015 - 3:02PM

    PTI is now giving the impression of a Party with no mission. Whosoever gave out this information to press needs a kick where it hurts most.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 6, 2015 - 3:04PM

    When the strategy is faulty….how can the result be positive.
    PTI has already made its point of discrediting Aayaz Sadiq……..all they need to do is show that their fight was against the ECP SYSTEM…..and not Aayaz Sadiq…..that would be sensible politics. Recommend

  • saad
    Sep 6, 2015 - 3:16PM

    Leave PML-N nd get d top most position in pti.hashmi, sarwar, nd so mny PMLN lotas r dere.i guess its better to vote PMLN ds tym.dey have done good ds tym.Recommend

  • z
    Sep 6, 2015 - 7:11PM

    “Ya Baigherti Tera hi Aasra”.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 6, 2015 - 7:48PM

    Chaudhry Sarwar cannot win his own seat and he is made Chief Selector. The demise of PTI has begun. It will be completely wiped out in Punjab and Sindh. Recommend

  • Punjabi
    Sep 7, 2015 - 12:29AM

    The success of PMLN is getting on everyone’s nerves and it is showing. The paranoia has gripped Bani Gala and there seems to be no way out. PMLN all the way. Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Sep 7, 2015 - 4:49AM

    LoL @ PTI! Enough Said. #BasSher! PMLN will beat PTI in NA 122, NA 154 again and also NA 125 just like Haripur etc. PTI has become such a joke.Recommend

  • MAQ
    Sep 7, 2015 - 1:57PM

    It would be counterproductive.Recommend

  • Sep 7, 2015 - 6:06PM

    It means that PTI doesn’t have even candidate to fight LG election and trying to give space lota’s in it.What a pity????? Recommend

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