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Imran, Shehbaz, Bilawal among others submit details of election expenses

The candidates who have won last week’s general have submitted their details of expenses incurred on their electoral campaign to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The candidates who have submitted their details of expenses include former Punjab CM and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, PTI leader Abdul Aleem Khan, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah, and PPP leader Faryal Talpur.
The deadline for the new returned candidates to submit the details of their expenses during electioneering is about to end by the midnight.
According to the expense details submitted by the PML-N president for NA-132 Lahore, Shehbaz Sharif spent Rs1.94million on electoral campaign, Rs600,000 for his car’s fuel and Rs1.1million on advertisement.
The Returning Officer (RO) approved Shehbaz Sharif’s expense details and sent it to the ECP.
Details of the expenses incurred by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on his election campaign in five constituencies from where he got elected have been submitted with the relevant returning officers.
According to details, Imran Khan did not spend more than four million rupees in each of his constituency. The expenses were in accordance with the limit set by the election commission of Pakistan.
The expenses for the national level public meetings addressed by Imran Khan were met from the party funds.
PTI chairman Imran Khan’s representative Muhammad Amjad Nazir submitted details of election expenditures for NA-131 Lahore. The details revealed that an expense of Rs997,925 was spent on election campaign.
PTI leader Abdul Aleem Khan submitted details of election expenditures for NA-129 Lahore. The details revealed that an expense of Rs3.98million was spent on election campaign.
PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah submitted to the returning officer a return of the expenses he incurred during the election campaign in his Lahore constituency, NA-106.
The PML-N leader spent Rs3.25 million during the election campaign in NA-106. The returning officer while accepting the return forwarded it to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for issuance of the notification of his victory from the constituency.
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari submitted details of election expenditures for NA-200 Larkana. The details revealed that an expense of Rs3.36million was spent on election campaign.
On the other hand, all successful candidates are bound to submit their expenditure detail within 10 days of polling while non-successful candidates are required to be submitted expenditure detail within 30 days.
The commission will issue official notifications of successful candidates in General Election 2018 after receiving the expenses details.
However, notifications to successful candidates who fail to share their expense declarations will be withheld.
After the successful candidates are notified, independent candidates will have three days to join any party.
The strength of all political parties in the national and provincial assemblies will be determined after the inclusion of independent candidates, after which the ECP will issue notifications of successful candidates from reserved seats.
It is the constitutional obligation that the session of new assembly should be convened within 21 days after elections so that the election of new prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker might be carried out.