PML-N out of Senate elections race after SC verdict

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ISLAMABAD : The Election Commission (ECP) on Thursday barred Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from contesting Senate elections, a day after Supreme Court disqualified ousted PM Nawaz Sharif as the party president.

However, the PML-N senators can contest elections independently.

The ECP decision follows the dismissal of ruling PML-N’s petition pertaining to issuance of new tickets.

Earlier today, PML-N issued new party tickets to candidates for the upcoming Senate elections. The tickets were awarded by party’s Chairman Raja Zafar-ul-Haq.

Raja Zafar-ul-Haq along with other party leaders visited the ECP office and submitted papers of party candidates for the Senate elections.

Later, talking to the media, Raja said the party chairman or president has the discretion to issue party tickets. Consultations were underway to fill the position of party president, he added.

The party had to issue new tickets following the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Elections Act 2017 case on Wednesday after which Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as the party head.

Decisions taken by Nawaz Sharif when he was the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) president, including issuing tickets to Senate candidates, were also declared null and void.

Orignally published by INP

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