Former Prime Minister Imran Khan. (file photo)
The Election Commission of Pakistan on Saturday rejected the nomination of former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to contest the 2024 national elections. The former PM had filed his nomination papers to contest the 2024 national elections from his hometown Mianwali. The Election Commission of Pakistan said Khan’s nomination was rejected because he was not a registered voter in the constituency. He has been convicted and disqualified by the court. Meanwhile, Imran Khan’s media team also confirmed that the Commission has also rejected his nomination to contest from Mianwali. Along with this, his nomination papers from Lohar have also been rejected.
The cricketer-turned-politician has been in jail since August this year in a cipher case. He was accused of leaking official papers. The PTI chief had reportedly disclosed a secret diplomatic paper sent by Pakistan’s Washington Embassy in March.
However, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had last Friday granted bail to Khan in a case related to the leaking of state secrets. The decision came a day after a high court refused to suspend his disqualification from participating in the elections.
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28,626 nomination papers filed for elections
In a written order, the Supreme Court judges said they did not find “sufficient incriminating material” that could prove Khan’s involvement in leaking state secrets. The Supreme Court had rejected the petition to disqualify him from contesting the elections. After that there was a possibility that former cricketer Imran Khan would be able to contest the elections, but now he has again got a big blow due to the rejection of nomination by the Election Commission.
The 71-year-old former cricket star has been embroiled in several political and legal battles since he was removed from the post of Prime Minister of Pakistan in April 2022. According to the report of the Election Commission, the Election Commission of Pakistan has received a total of 28,626 nomination papers from the candidates willing to contest the general elections to be held on February 8 next year.
List of candidates will be released on January 11
According to information provided by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), he has received a total of 459 nomination papers for national legislature reserved seats and 1,365 nomination papers for provincial legislature reserved seats.
ECP will release the list of candidates on January 11. Candidates can withdraw their nominations till January 12 before the election symbols are allotted by the ECP on January 13.
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