ISLAMABAD: A deadline for the allotment of election symbols to candidates has ended, with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) saying that no further extensions would be granted, ARY News reported on Saturday.
According to a statement issued on X (formerly Twitter), no further extensions in deadline for the allotment of election symbols would be granted.
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— Spokesperson ECP (@SpokespersonECP) January 13, 2024
Earlier, the electoral watchdog extended the time for election symbols allotment to the political parties contesting in the general election 2024 till 7 pm.
Meanwhile, the ECP barred the returning officers (ROs) from allotting alternative symbol to such candidates, seeking election symbol of other political parties.
The directives came after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – sensing danger of losing its iconic symbol bat – chalked out a Plan B by ordering its candidates to submit nominations under the PTI-Nazriati group, whose election symbol is batsman.
In a post on X, PTI s official account said: “Whoever has PTI-Nazriati tickets should immediately submit them and take any kind of hindrance to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and high courts.”
The party issued the directives while the Supreme Court heard ECP s petition challenging the Peshawar High Court s (PHC) decision to restore the PTI s electoral symbol, the “bat”.