100 bank defaulters emerge as election body vets 12,000 people who want to stand for election

June 12, 2018
Abbas Shabbir

The Election Commission has begun vetting the nomination papers of more than 12,000 candidates. At least 100 of them have so far emerged as bank defaulters.

The election regulatory body has scrutinised more than 7,000 nomination papers so far. It shared the details of prospective candidates with the Federal Investigation Agency and State Bank of Pakistan. They found that 100 of the candidates are loan defaulters of different banks. PPP’s Hina Rabbani Khar, PTI’s Raheela Mehdi and Faisal Vawda, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Asadullah Bhutto and ANP’s Haroon Bilour are on the list.

June 11: Candidates from political parties and independents had until June 11 to file their papers.
June 19: The vetting will go on till June 19.
June 22: Candidates will be able to appeal any objection raised by returning officers by June 22.
June 27 :  The appeals have to be decided by June 27.
June 28: The Election Commission will issue a revised list of candidates on June 28.
June 29: The last date withdrawals is June 29. The Election Commission will display the final list of candidates on the same day.

Pakistan votes on July 25.