NA speaker ‘all set’ to issue production orders of Opp leaders
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has decided to issue production orders of detained Opposition leaders so that they can take part in the voting in Senate elections due on March 3, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday, quoting sources.
The applications for issuance of the production orders of PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Mian Shehbaz Sharif, former defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, senior PPP leader Khursheed Shah and Ali Wazir had already been submitted to the speaker.
The opposition politicians are expected to be transferred to Islamabad by March 2 as the polling for the Upper House of the Parliament will be held in the National Assembly hall on March 3.
On Saturday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had extended the date of filing nomination papers for Senate elections to February 15.
Earlier, the ECP gave two days, February 12 and 13, to candidates for filing nomination papers. But, the Commission on Saturday extended the date of filing nomination papers by two days.
Earlier, the list of the Senate candidates was due to be issued on February 14. But now after the extension in date, it will also move ahead obviously and will be released a day after the last date of filing nomination papers which is February 16, but there was no word from the ECP on it.
On Thursday last, the ECP had announced the schedule for holding the Senate elections, according to which, the polling for the Senate elections will be held on March 3.
The polling in the elections for the Upper House of the Parliament will be held in the National Assembly and all the four provincial assemblies. The polling will start at 9am and will end at 5pm in the evening.
The original dates for the scrutiny of the candidates' nomination papers were February 15 and 16. The objections of the candidates were due to be heard and settled on February 19 and 20.
The Election Commission of Pakistan was due to issue the final list of the candidates for the Senate elections on February 21. February 22 was the last date for the candidates to withdraw their nominations.
The ECP had already established Digital Facilitation Centres at its central secretariat and provincial offices for scrutiny of nomination papers of candidates for the Senate elections.
According to the ECP, with the support of online technology candidates' papers will be examined in coordination with all relevant departments including the Federal Investigative Agency, Nadra, National Accountability Bureau, Federal Board of Revenue and the State Bank of Pakistan.