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ECP to conclude scrutiny of nomination papers today

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will conclude the scrutiny of nomination papers filed by the candidates for the upcoming general election today (Tuesday).
The general election is expected to be held on July 25. A total of 21,482 nomination papers have been filed across the country for national and provincial assemblies, according to the electoral body.
At least 6,063 candidates will contest for the 342 seats of the National Assembly, while 15,419 hopefuls have filed nomination papers for the seats of the provincial assemblies.
The election schedule states that appeals against rejection or acceptance of nomination papers can be filed by June 22. 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.
Alongside, the ECP Spokesperson Altaf Khan remarked that time for scrutiny of nomination papers will not be extended, adding that no such proposal is under consideration in this regard.
Moreover, the Returning Officers are expected to conduct scrutiny of nomination papers of former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan and Ayesha Gulalai today for NA-53 (Islamabad).
A total of 63 candidates have filed their nomination papers for the said constituency. Objections to Imran’s candidacy ‘baseless’ On Monday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairperson Imran Khan’s legal counsel submitted reply over objections to his candidacy for the upcoming general election for NA-53 constituency of Islamabad.
The reply, which was submitted by the assistant lawyer of Babar Awan, stated that the objections to Imran’s candidacy are baseless and based on fraud. The objections have been submitted over photo stated documents and have yet to be verified, states the written reply, adding that the objections raised against Imran fall under the ambit of forgery.
It further mentions that there is a legal mechanism in place to send or receive documents from foreign countries, adding that the objections raised against Imran’s candidacy are allegations.