Thursday, September 23, 2021

Murad, Fauzia Kasuri, Vawda dual nationals, FIA tells ECP

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has handed over a list of election candidates possessing dual nationalities to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

One hundred and twenty two candidates vying for National and provincial assemblies seats hold nationalities of the United States, Australia, Britain, Singapore and Canada, according to the FIA list.

The election commission has forwarded the report to the respective returning officers for further action.

According to informed sources, the list includes the names of Pakistan Peoples Party’s Murad Ali Shah, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Faisal Vawda, Pak Sarzameen Party’s Fauzia Kasuri, and PPP leader Nader Leghari.

A total of 21,482 nomination papers have been filed with ROs across the country for general elections.

6,063 candidates are in the run for 342 seats of the National Assembly, while 15,419 nomination papers have been filed for provincial assemblies’ seats.

As per the election schedule, the scrutiny process will conclude on Tuesday. Appeals against rejection or acceptance of nomination papers can be filed by 22nd of this month.

The Appellate Tribunals will decide the appeals by 27th, after which the revised list of candidates will be published on 28th of this month.

Candidates can withdraw their nomination papers by 29th June and the electoral body will announce the final list of candidates on the same day.

Electoral symbols will be issued to candidates on 30th June while polling will be held on 25th of next month.

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