PTI asks ECP to give ‘LOTA’ symbol to PPP, PML-N candidates for Punjab bypolls

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhary addressing a program. – APP / FILE

After announcing an electoral alliance for the upcoming bypolls to 20 vacant seats in Punjab, PTI has written a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to allot “lota” as the symbol to the ruling party’s candidates.

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry, in a letter to the ECP, informed the body that Pakistan was going through a “multi-dimensional crisis due to a foreign conspiracy”.

The former information minister told the commission that the parties that formed the coalition government at the Center fought the 2018 elections as rivals and are ideologically different.

“This alliance started with the no-confidence motion moved against the PTI government on March 8, 2022, when Sindh House witnessed the worst horse-trading in history,” Fawad said.

He said his party had then asked the ECP to take cognizance of the matter.

The PTI leader further said that what started in the National Assembly “conscience, horse-trading and floor crossing” eventually reached Punjab, In the Punjab Assembly, 20 MLAs came forward, who went against the law and the Constitution and surrendered. Prudence for money.

“As a result, the ECP declared its seats vacant and ordered by-elections in the constituencies,” Fawad said. via press conference on 22nd June

“Therefore, all these parties should be given a common election symbol and not separately. In such a situation, we are of the opinion that they should be given lotta as a symbol.

He told PTI that the allotment of election symbols would help the public in deciding whom to vote for and also claimed that it would have a positive impact on voter turnout as well.

PPP will support PML-N in Punjab Assembly by-elections

A day earlier, the PPP had announced that the party would support the PML-N candidates who would take part in the upcoming by-elections to 20 vacant seats in the Punjab Assembly.

The seats had fallen vacant after the ECP ousted disgruntled PTI MPs for voting against the party’s policy.

As per the ECP schedule released on May 26, polling will be held on July 17.

Meanwhile, nomination papers for the by-elections can be submitted from June 4 to 7 and after that the returning officers will scrutinize the nomination papers till June 11. However, appeals can be made against the decisions of the Returning Officers. Submitted by 15th June.

PPP Provincial Minister Hassan Murtaza, while addressing a joint press conference with PML-N’s Ataullah Tarar and Malik Ahmed Khan, said, “In view of the interest of the country, PPP has supported the PML-N candidate for all the 20 vacant seats.” have decided to do so.” ,

The PPP leader made it clear that the two parties would continue to be political rivals in the next general election.

However, the PPP candidates will withdraw their nomination papers for the upcoming by-elections to the seats.