ISLAMABAD: The process of scrutiny of nomination papers filed by candidates for the upcoming general elections is underway.

Verification of about 10,000 nomination papers have so far been done with the help of online data scrutiny system. These nomination papers have now been forwarded to the returning officers.

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

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Dr Yasmeen Rashid challenged the nomination papers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz for NA-125 after which the tribunal reserved the verdict till June 18.

On the other hand, the scrutiny of PML-N leader Hamza Shehbaz and PTI leader Dr Yasmeen Rashid has been completed.

The scrutiny of the nomination papers of former leader of opposition in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izharul Hassan has been delayed, while the nomination papers of Salahuddin has been approved and the nomination papers of Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) chairman Afaq Ahmad has been approved.

The Returning Officer (RO) has summoned Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for the scrutiny of his nomination papers on June 18.

The nomination papers of PPP leader Shazia Marri on the reserved seat of women has been approved.

Reacting to the statement of PPP leader Saeed Ghani of winning the election with huge margin, Afaq Ahmad said that the candidates of MQM are also in the field.

The nomination papers of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Ishaq Mangi for NA-239, PML-N leader Dost Muhammad Faizi for NA-256 have been approved, while the RO summoned former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider Gilani on June 11 and Sikander Bosan on June 19.

Polling will be held on 25th of next month.

A total of 21,482 nomination papers have been filed by candidates across the country for general elections among which 6063 candidates are contesting for 342 seats of the National Assembly. They include 5,473 candidates for general seats, 436 for seats reserved for women and 154 candidates for non-Muslim seats.