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It ain’t easy (or cheap) to get elected in Pakistan

August 4, 2018
It ain’t easy (or cheap) to get elected in Pakistan

If you want to become an elected representative and aren’t a millionaire, then we’ve got some bad news for you. Most politicians spend millions of rupees on their campaigns.

The ECP capped expenditure on election campaigns at Rs2 million for provincial assembly candidates and Rs4 million for National Assembly candidates this year.

Saturday (August 4) was the last day for candidates to tell the commission how much they spent on their election campaigns.

PTI chief Imran Khan contested and won the election from NA-131 in Lahore and spent Rs997,000 on his campaign.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif’s campaign in Lahore was also successful and cost just over Rs1.9 million. More than Rs3.1 million was spent on PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari’s campaign in Nawabshah, while his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari spent over Rs3.5 million during his campaign for Larkana’s NA-200. Both of them won their seats.

PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah spent Rs3.2 million during his campaign in Faisalabad. The most, however, was spent by PTI’s Aleem Khan, who paid more than Rs3.9 million for his campaign. Unfortunately, he lost the NA seat but on the bright side, he did win the provincial seat.


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