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LAHORE: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected the nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Jamshed Iqbal Cheema for NA-133 by-polls.
During a hearing of petition regarding the rejection of nomination papers, PML-N’s Naseer Bhatta argued that Bilal Hussain – the proposer of Jamshed Iqbal Cheema and his wife Musarrat Jamshed Cheema – is a resident of NA-130, while the constituency of election is NA-133.
Under section 60 of the Election Act, the proposer should belong to the election’s constituency. Under the election rules, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema and his wife are not qualified for contest election. The nomination papers of Jamshed and Musarrat should be rejected.
Announcing the decision over a matter of NA-133 by-election, the ECP rejected the nomination papers of PTI candidate Jamshed Cheema and his wife.
The returning officer said that the proposer of the PTI’s Jamshed Cheema and his wife is not from NA 133.
A day earlier, the ECP took notice of code of conduct violation by the candidates in the NA-133 by-election. The Returning Officer (RO) sought clarification from PTI’s Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, PML-N’s Shaista Pervaiz Malik and PPP’s Ch Aslam Gill as well as a sought reply from the three candidates on November 1.
It may be recalled that senior PML-N leader Pervaiz Malik had passed away due to illness after which by-elections were announced in this constituency.