Nawaz likely to be re-elected PML-N chief

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Intra-party elections on 17th

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad—The meeting of Pakistan Muslim League- N’s Central Council scheduled to be held on 17th October is to elect its president, secretary general and other office bearers.
According to sources, the Election Commission of Pakistan has refused to allot an election symbol to the PML-N without intra-party election.
Consequently, the meeting of the central council has been summoned to elect president, secretary general and other office bearers of the party.
Sources say that PM Nawaz Sharif will be unanimously re-elected as president of the party. Sources further said that the provincial general councils meetings will also be convened very soon to elect provincial office bearers of the party.
For Punjab’s PML-N president Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz are strong candidates for the slot. Amir Muqam and Pir Sabir Shah are being considered favourites for the KP president’s slot; Sardar Sanaullah Zehri for Balochistan and Ismail Rahoo and Nehal Hashmi are strong candidates for Sindh president’s slot, sources said further.
Never implemented since its inception, Sections 12 and 13 of Political Parties Order 2002, empowers ECP to not allot election symbol to a political party that does not hold intra-party elections as per the partys constitution, or fails to submit details of its accounts within two months by the end of every financial year.
Several political parties, including the ruling PML-N, might not be able to contest by-elections if the legal provision is not met which makes it binding for every party to submit details of its annual accounts and a certificate of holding intra-party elections. It is also first time in 14 years that the ECP has exercised its authority under the law and sent directives to its provincial and district chapters to not allot party symbols to the defiant parties.
Though it is for the first time, the ECP has issued such notification there is still room for political parties to get away. They have been given an opportunity to complete the formality any time. As soon as the party does so, the ECP would take it off the list.

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