ECP to issue electoral symbols to contesting candidates today

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will issue electoral symbols to the contesting candidates on Saturday, as per the election schedule.

According to the electoral body, it has started preparing the final list of candidates after the deadline to submit party tickets and withdraw nomination papers ended on Friday.

Earlier, after decisions of the appellate tribunals on appeals, the revised list of candidates was published on Thursday.

The appellate tribunals across the country heard and decided the appeals of candidates against rejection and acceptance of nomination papers by June 27. The ECP had established 21 appellate tribunals countrywide for trial and disposal of appeals against the decisions of Returning Officers for rejecting or accepting of nomination papers pertaining to national and provincial assembly constituencies for general seats as well as seats reserved for non-Muslims in the National Assembly.

As many as six tribunals had been established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eight in Punjab, four in Sindh, two in Balochistan and one in Islamabad.

The process of filing of nomination papers with the Returning Officers by the candidates was started on June 4 and continued till June 11, while the names of the nominated candidates were published on June 11.

The last date for scrutiny of nomination papers was June 19, while the last date for filing of appeals against the decisions of the Returning Officers was June 22. The last date for deciding of appeals by the appellate tribunals was June 27, while the date of publication of revised list of candidates was June 28.

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