Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to award ticket to Sheikh Rasheed’s nephew for the by-election in NA-60, according to media reports.
It was added that Rasheed’s nephew Sheikh Rashid Shafiq will contest the poll from PTI’s platform.
Rasheed, the federal minister for railways, had secured his Rawalpindi seat after July 25 general elections. The Awami Muslim League (AML) chief is one of the allies of the PTI government in centre.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had earlier issued a schedule for holding by-elections on the national and provincial assembly seats that have fallen vacant due to the death of candidates, resignation of elected lawmakers from seats as they had won more than one seat or postponement of the 2018 general election.
According to the schedule, the date for filing of nomination papers with the returning officers would be August 28-30 while the names of candidates would be published on August 31. The date for scrutiny of the nomination papers is September 4, while September 8 has been fixed for filing of appeals against decisions of returning officers about rejection or acceptance of the papers.
September 13 has been fixed for deciding appeals by Appellate Tribunal against the decisions of returning officers and September 14 for issuing the revised list of the candidates.
The ECP fixed September 15 for withdrawal of nomination papers by candidates and publication of revised list of the contestants. September 16 has been fixed for allotment of election symbols to candidates. The polling for the by-elections would be held on October 14.