PTI To Challenge Nomination Rejections in Election Tribunals
A day following the disqualification of numerous nominees, including party founder Imran Khan, in the scrutiny of nomination papers for the 2024 general elections, the PTI has decided to approach election tribunals today to challenge the rejection.
Raoof Hasan, the Party’s Central Information Secretary, confirmed that all rejected nomination papers, as per rules, would be contested in the tribunals initially, with other options explored subsequently.
Similarly, Sardar Azeemullah Khan, PTI Central Punjab Additional General Secretary, stated that the party had advised all candidates to file appeals against Returning Officers’ (ROs) decisions.
Some candidates would engage private lawyers for the appeals, while others would receive assistance from the party. The candidates obtained certified copies of the ‘rejection decisions’ on Sunday and are commencing the filing of appeals with the appellate tribunals from today.
The Election Commission of Pakistan rejected numerous PTI nomination forms nationwide on Saturday, prompting the party to challenge these decisions at relevant forums. Barrister Gohar Khan and Barrister Umair Khan Niazi will visit party founder Imran Khan in Adiala Jail today to seek his approval for candidate selection and subsequent ticket allocation.
The PTI leaders alleged “glaring irregularities,” claiming that ROs from the civil bureaucracy did not exercise decision-making powers independently and waited for orders from external sources.
They cited examples such as changes in the list of validly nominated candidates, raising concerns about the impartiality of the ROs.
In response to the alleged irregularities, the PTI launched a ‘WhatsApp’ account to collect video and pictorial evidence of pre-poll rigging. The social media team encouraged supporters to share evidence regarding rigging on the UK-registered WhatsApp number.
🚨 Very Important
Rigging Alert 🗳️
If you see or observe any pre polling rigging in any constituency, please WhatsApp details with pictures and videos to PTI SMT at this given number:
+44 75 0008 7272 pic.twitter.com/A2J7jyKbWn
— PTI (@PTIofficial) December 21, 2023
Despite facing challenges, the PTI remains determined to participate in the elections and expose any irregularities through social media and international platforms.