ISLAMABAD: The deadline for candidates to submit their party tickets and to withdraw their nomination papers has ended at 4pm on Friday.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had directed candidates to submit party affiliation certificate to their respective Returning Officers (ROs) till 4pm.
The Commission had made it clear that party symbols would not be allotted to those who fail to submit their party affiliation certificates.
Hundreds of candidates across the country including Dr Azra Afzal Palejo from NA-213, Javed Hashmi from NA-155 and NA-157 and Shah Farman from NA-29 have withdrawn their nomination papers on the last day.
The ECP will tomorrow (Saturday) allot the election symbols to the candidates.
The candidates who couldn’t submit their party tickets would be considered as independent candidates, while PTI chairman Imran Khan also submitted his party ticket for NA-131 Lahore. His ticket was handed over to Returning Officer by his lawyer.
On the other hand, MQM-P leader Dr Farooq Sattar has also submitted his documents. He decided to contest election from NA-245 and NA-243.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has issued polling scheme for upcoming general elections.
The scheme issued for the National Assembly and provincial assemblies has also been uploaded on the Commission s website.
The scheme includes number of polling stations, polling booths, and number of votes at every polling station. Census code and details of the area are also part of the scheme.
Later today, returning officers will issue a final list of the candidates while tomorrow election symbols will be allotted to final candidates.
The provincial election commissioners will also issue a list of candidates for special seats of Sindh today. The candidates including Dr Farooq Sattar, Khawaja Haris, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui will withdraw their nomination papers from various constituencies.