Irfanullah Khan Marwat

GDA Candidate Draws ECP Criticism for ‘Aerial Firing’ During Election Rally

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken strict notice of the ‘aerial bombardment’ during an election rally in a constituency in Karachi and has ordered action against Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) candidate Irfanullah Khan Marwat.

The country’s top electoral body has issued instructions to the Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take strict action against the GDA candidate after ‘aerial firing’ took place during the campaign elections in Karachi East district, in violation of the ECP’s code of conduct.

The provincial police chief has been instructed to formally inform the commission about the legal proceedings against Marwat, the candidate from the provincial seat PS-105 Karachi East-IX.

According to the ECP spokesperson, the district monitoring officer has issued a notice to the candidate for violation of Article 17 of the code and asked him to submit his response within two days.

Ahead of the February 8 national elections, the Commission also issued a notice calling on candidates and political parties to make it mandatory to hold campaign events, including rallies, corner meetings, and political activities of all kinds, on the night of February 6–7.

The order warned of legal action against violations of Article 182 of the 2017 Elections Act.

As the country prepares to vote, almost 18,000 candidates will take part in the big battle for general seats in national and regional parliaments, according to The News.

The ECP yesterday released its final list of candidates for the National Assembly and provincial assemblies on Form 33.

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Of these 17,816 candidates, at least 11,785 will contest independently, while 6,031 will contest under the banner of their respective political parties.

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