- PTI urges ECP to hold by-polls for 33 NA seats on March 19 instead of 16.
- The by-polls on the 33 seats cannot not be extended, clarifies the ECP.
- ECP will write the provincial governments to declare local holiday on March 16.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday turned down a request by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), seeking an extension in the by-election date for 33 National Assembly seats.
The party’s lawmakers had resigned en masse from the lower house of parliament following the ouster of PTI Chairman Imran Khan in April last year.
After the approval of the resignations of PTI members of the lower house, the ECP announced that by-elections for 33 vacant seats will be held on March 16.
Later, the PTI pleaded with the electoral watchdog to hold the by-elections for the 33 NA seats on March 19 instead of 16.
After reviewing the PTI’s application, the ECP told the party the institution was bound to hold by-elections in 60 days, said well-placed sources. The by-elections on the 33 seats could not be extended, clarified the electoral watchdog.
In a bid to facilitate the masses on election day, the ECP will write the provincial governments to declare a local holiday on March 16 in the concerned constituencies, said the sources.
By-elections for 33 vacant NA seats
On January 27, the ECP announced that by-elections for 33 vacant seats will be held on March 16.
“In pursuance of Section 57 of the Elections Act, 2017 (Act No. XXXIII of 2017), read with Section 102 and clause (4) of Article 224 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Election Commission hereby calls upon the electors of the undermentioned constituencies of the National Assembly of Pakistan, which have become vacant due to resignations and specifies in relation thereto the following dates for by-elections,” the notification issued by the ECP read.
|1.||NA-04 Swat-III||10.||NA-53 Islamabad-II||19.||NA-126 Lahore-IV||28.||NA-247 Karachi South-II|
|2.||NA-17 Haripur-I||11.||NA-54 Islamabad-III||20.||NA-130 Lahore-VIII||29.||NA-250 Karachi West-III|
|3.||NA-18 Swabi-I||12.||NA-57 Rawalpindi-I||21.||NA-155 Multan-I||30.||NA-252 Karachi West-V|
|4.||NA-25 Nowshera-I||13.||NA-59 Rawalpindi-III||22.||NA-156 Multan-III||31.||NA-254 Karachi Central-II|
|5.||NA-26 Nowshera-II||14.||NA-60 Rawalpindi-IV||23.||NA-191 Dera Ghazi Khan-III||32.||NA-256 Karachi Central-IV|
|6.||NA-32 Kohat||15.||NA-62 Rawalpindi-VI||24.||NA-241 Korangi Karachi-III||33.||NA-265 Quetta-II|
|7.||NA-38 D.I. Khan-I||16.||NA-63 Rawalpindi-VII||25.||NA-242 Karachi East-I|
|8.||NA-43 Khyber-I||17.||NA-67 Jhelum-II||26.||NA-243 Karachi East-II|
|9.||NA-52 Islamabad-I||18.||NA-97 Bhakkar-I||27.||NA-244 Karachi East-III|
As per the ECP announcement, candidates will be able to file their nomination papers between February 6-8.
The names of the candidates will be published on February 9 and the returning officers (RO) will carry out the scrutiny of the nomination papers till February 13.
The last date to file appeals against the RO’s decision on the acceptance or rejection of nomination papers is February 16.
According to the election schedule, the last date for the appellate tribunal to decide on the appeals is February 20. After this, the revised list of candidates will be published on February 21.
The last date to withdraw candidature and release of revised list of candidates is February 22 while the election symbols will be allotted on February 23 and the polls will be held on March 16.