ISLAMABAD: Forty-three candidates submitted their nomination papers in the Election Commission on Thursday for the upcoming presidential election. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, 71 nomination papers have been filed by 43 candidates at Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar while no nomination paper was filed from Quetta. The scrutiny of the nomination papers received in Islamabad and at the provinces would be conducted in Islamabad on Saturday. The nomination papers can be withdrawn up to 12:00 noon on October 01, while the final list of contesting candidates will be published on the same day at 1:00 p.m. Elections would be held on November 6.
In Islamabad 41 papers were filed with Presiding Officer Justice (rtd) Qazi Muhammad Farooq for 15 candidates including President Pervez Musharraf, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin.
In Lahore, 12 nomination papers were filed for 11 candidates before the Presiding officer with Mr Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry, Chief Justice Lahore High Court.
In Karachi, 15 nomination papers were filed for 14 candidates for the Presidential election with Presiding Officer Mr Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed, Chief Justice Sindh High Court. Mrs. Faryal Talpur who is Nazim of Nawabshah district has also filed the nomination papers.
Three candidates, Munir Ahmed Sherazi, Sardar Muhammad Rafiq and Aitbar Khan Advocate filed their nomination papers for Presidential election in Peshawar with Presiding Officer Mr Justice Tariq Pervez Khan, Chief Justice Peshawar High Court on Thursday.
No nomination paper was filed from Quetta. The Provincial Election Commissioner told newsmen in Quetta that nobody turned up for submitting nomination papers during the prescribed time.-SANA