PESHAWAR: A total of 40 nomination papers, including four submitted by former prime minister and the head of the Pakistani Tehrik-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, were received by their respective returning officers. for by-elections on four general places of National Assembly from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Returning officers on Published lists on Wednesdays of actually nominated candidates, according to which six nomination documents were accepted for NA-22 Mardan, nine each for NA-24 Charsadda and NA-31 Peshawar and 16 for ON-45 Kurram.
Only one nomination was rejected in Peshawar, which was of former Senator and leader of the Awami National Party Ilyas Ahmad Bilour.
Paper of Mr Bilour, who intended to cover the candidate of his brother as well as former federal minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour was rejected because he was not registered as a voter. in constituency HA-31.
Imran Khan cleared for September 25 vote in Mardan, Charsadda, Kurram and Peshawar
An official of election Committee of Pakistan informed Dawn that no objection had been filed. against candidacy of in former prime minister so that all of his nomination papers were accepted by the respective returning officers.
last date for appeals against acceptance or rejection of nomination of documents will be on August 20, while last date for The decision on appeals will be made by the Court of Appeal on 25 August.
last date for conclusion of candidacy and publication of revised lists will be on 27 August. Returning officers for general seats will allocate characters to candidates on August 29, while the vote place on September 25th.
Five seats in the National Assembly from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including four general as well as one restrained for women became vacant last one month after the speaker accepted the resignation of relevant PTI members.
Those whose papers were accepted in Mardan includes former Prime Minister Imran former MNA Ali Mohammad Khan, who the seat was vacated by the leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Mohammad Qasim, who was runner-up in 2018 general elections, Mohammad Sarwar, Abdul Wasi and Ghulam Rasool.
Among the candidates for NA-24 Charsadda – Mr. Imran, former MNA Fazal Mohammad Khan, Head of Awami Province of the National Party Aimal Wali Khan, NPP leader Shakeel Bashir Khan, Azizullah Khan, Falak Niaz, Fawad Ahmad, Mujibur Rehman and Sparley Mohmand.
Likewise, candidates for NA-31 Peshawar includes ex-premier Imran, former federal minister and ANP leader Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, former MNA Shaukat Ali, who the place was vacated by Saidullah Khan, Shaukat Ali, Abdul Qadeer, Emran Khan, Mohammad Aslam and Mohammad Ashraf Dar.
Hadji Ghulam Bilur, who It was won seat in the National Assembly area five times lost 2018 general election of Shaukat Ali from PTI. He had also lost to Mr. Imran in 2013 general polls, but won seat in additional surveys that were conducted after the head of PTI vacated the seat.
Candidates for NA-45 Election Kurram – Mr. Imran, former MNA Fakhar Zaman of PTI, Mohammad Zahir Shah, Jamil Khan, Sarfaraz Khan, Abdul Khaliq, Shah Nawaz Khan, Khalilur Rehman, Abdul Qadeer, Mohammad Shoaib, Sadiq Khan, Sher Mohammad Khan, Jahanzeb, Niaz Badshah, Eid Gul Mengal and Saifullah Khan.
All four former MNA, who vacated these four seats are cover candidates of Mr Imran in additional polls.
Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Electoral Commissioner Mohammad Farid Afridi, who returned officer for place reserved for women from the province, nomination papers submitted by three women candidates, including former MNA Shandana Gulzar Khan, who vacated the seat by resigning, Mahwesh Ali Khan and Rohila Hameed. Since the seat has been vacated by PTI, it will be filled one of nominees from priority list granted party.
Published in Dawn, August 18, 2022