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PTI to Elect New Leadership on Feb 5, Raoof Hasan Named Election Commissioner

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is all set to hold its intra-party elections on February 5, 2024, to elect its chairman, central and provincial organisations, the party’s central media department announced on Thursday.

The party’s spokesperson Raoof Hasan has been appointed as the federal election commissioner to conduct the elections in a fair and transparent manner, according to a statement issued by the PTI Federal Election Commission.

The statement said that the elections will be held in person at the designated polling stations in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta, or at any other place decided by the commission. The polling will start at 10am and end at 4pm on Monday.

The party members, who have registered themselves on the party’s official app ‘Raabta’ by January 31, 2024, will be eligible to cast their votes for their preferred panel or chairman candidate. They can also use the ‘Raabta Application Intra Party Election Module’ to record their votes online.

The statement said that the election rules, 2020, which explain the details of all the panels contesting the elections and the procedure of the voting, will be available on the party’s website and the Raabta app.

The aspiring candidates can obtain the nomination papers from the PTI central secretariat or the website from February 1 to 2, 2024. They can submit their papers at the central and provincial secretariats or through email by February 2, 2024, till 10pm.

The scrutiny of the nomination papers will take place on February 3, 2024. If any papers are rejected, the candidates can file their objections by February 3, 2024, till 10pm.

The final lists of the panels participating in the elections will be published on the website at 4pm on February 4, 2024.

The results of the elections will be officially announced on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

The PTI’s intra-party elections are being held ahead of the general elections scheduled for February 8, 2024, in which the party hopes to regain power under the leadership of its founder Imran Khan, who is currently serving a prison sentence for corruption charges.

The party has faced several challenges in the run-up to the elections, including the loss of its iconic election symbol ‘bat’ by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the police raids on its offices and workers.

The party has vowed to overcome these hurdles and emerge victorious in the polls, claiming that it has the support of the masses and the independent candidates.

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