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PESHAWAR: An election tribunal has rejected a plea to disqualify Shaukat Tarin, who is a candidate from Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for a Senate seat from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
The election tribunal while rejecting a plea to challenge nomination papers of Shaukat Tarin as null and void declared him fit to contest the polls.
The decision was announced by the tribunal judge, Justice Atiq Shah after hearing arguments from both sides.
Earlier in the day, an appellate election tribunal reserved a verdict on an appeal challenging the candidature of adviser to the prime minister on finance Shaukat Tarin for the Senate by-election.
Shaukat Tarin had submitted his nomination papers to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Dec 2, which were later accepted on Dec 6 after scrutiny.
The election on the Senate vacant seat is scheduled for December 20. Voting will be held inside the provincial assembly’s building from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
On November 23, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) leader Ayub Afridi had resigned as a member of the upper house of Parliament to create a seat for Shaukat Tarin in the Senate.