The election tribunal hearing the appeal of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi against the rejection of his nomination papers from NA-53 said perhaps the former PM couldn’t understand the questions in the affidavit that had to be submitted with the nomination papers.
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani observed on Monday that a large number of candidates’ nomination papers were rejected because they were unable to understand and correctly answer clause N of the affidavit.
Clause N asks candidates, who have previously been elected as members of parliament, to list the contributions they made for the benefit of their constituencies.
In answer to the rather clearly worded question, Abbasi said that he has been taxpayer since 1993, while another candidate said that not marrying for the second time was his biggest contribution towards the benefit of his constituency. Abbasi is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, which recently ranked ninth among all public and private universities in the world.
The former premier was also present in court.
Justice Kayani said perhaps the questions being in English was why some of the candidate could not comprehend it. When inquired, an ECP representative at the hearing told the tribunal that the affidavit was not available in Urdu.
When ECP representative was asked if these candidates can be given another chance since they incorrectly answered the question because they couldn’t understand it, the ECP said they can be given another chance.
The tribunal has given the ECP until Tuesday to submit a detailed reply and assist the court in deciding the cases.
Besides Abbasi, PTI chief Imran Khan’s papers were also rejected from NA-53.