PPP looking for potential candidates
LAHORE: The Pakistan People’s Party-Punjab is inviting applications from potential candidates for district and tehsil nazims and naib-nazims, said PPP-Punjab Secretary Information Naveed Chaudhry on Tuesday.
Chaudhry said that the PPP’s district presidents and general secretaries had been ordered to receive applications and send them to PPP-Punjab President Qasim Zia by September 3. He said the opposition had decided to field joint candidates for the third phase of the local council elections, but all parties concerned would propose their own candidates initially. He added that a provincial heads meeting on September 5 would decide the final candidates.
PPP-Punjab’s secretary information said the opposition would issue a final list of candidates for 34 districts on September 10. He said the party had also asked its candidates whose results had allegedly been changed to file petitions to the election tribunals, adding that around 100 petitions had already been filed. He claimed that more results of union councils nazims and councillors would be altered in the official results.
Chaudhry said the Pakistan Muslim League had been exposed as cheats in the recent elections, and the PPP would contest the election’s third phase to expose the PML further. “ There is a rift in the ruling party and various groups within it are dissatisfied with the decisions of the Punjab chief minister,” he said, adding that the opposition alliance would benefit from this rift. The PPP leader also said the opposition would decide on a protest rally against the government during the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy meeting on September 3.