ECP Revokes PTI’s Bat Symbol, Scraps Intra-Party Elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has scrapped the intra-party elections of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and revoked its ‘bat’ electoral symbol. This decision comes amidst the preparations for the upcoming general elections in 2024.

The PTI had conducted its intra-party polls in 2022. However, the ECP directed the party to hold intra-party polls within 20 days to qualify for being allotted the ‘bat’ electoral symbol. The party was left with two options: to challenge the election commission’s decision or hold the intra-party elections as ordered.

This decision by the ECP has significant implications for the PTI and the political landscape of Pakistan. It is expected to impact the party’s preparations for the upcoming general elections, scheduled for February 8, 2024.

The ECP has been gearing up for crucial hearings on interim ministers’ removal and PTI intra-party polls. These impending hearings underscore the gravity of the issues at hand. The ECP had scheduled the PTI intra-party elections case hearing for December 18.

The ECP’s decision coincides with a recent directive from the Supreme Court, mandating the Commission to announce the schedule promptly. The announced timeline sets the groundwork for a significant democratic event in the country, inviting candidates to participate and engage in the upcoming electoral process slated for February 8, 2024.

The ECP has taken a significant step by unveiling the schedule for the upcoming general elections. According to the announced timeline, the nomination papers’ submission window for candidates is set from December 20 to 22. The comprehensive list of candidates’ names is slated to be revealed by December 23.

Commencing from January 1 and continuing until December 24 to December 30, the returning officers will meticulously scrutinize the submitted nomination papers. Appeals regarding the acceptance or rejection of these papers are scheduled to be heard on January 3, 2024. The Election Commission has designated January 10, 2024, as the final day for decisions by the Appellate Authority on the appeals.

Moreover, January 12, 2024, has been declared as the deadline for the withdrawal of nomination papers. This sets the stage for the allocation of election symbols to candidates on January 13, 2024.

The ECP’s decision to scrap PTI’s intra-party elections and revoke its electoral symbol is a significant development in Pakistan’s political landscape. It remains to be seen how this decision will impact the PTI’s performance in the upcoming general elections.

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