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ECP hears claims to PPP’s name today

Law Minister Farooq H. Naek said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had enrolled as voters 4.3 million Pakistanis living abroad who possessed national identity cards. But they would be able to cast their votes in the constituencies where they had been registered, for which they must come to Pakistan. - File photo
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). - File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is likely to decide on Tuesday on claims by three parties to the name of Pakistan People’s Party.

While Ghinva Bhutto’s PPP-SB seeks the renaming of her party as PPP, a dissident group within the PPP headed by Naheed Khan — a close associate of the late Benazir Bhutto — has also applied for enlistment of her party with the same name.

The two parties wanted to take advantage of the fact that no party with the name was enlisted with the ECP and the PPP had contested the last elections from the platform of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians.

To counter the move, the leader of the house in the Senate has also sought registration of his party as the PPP.

The matter will be heard by the commission before beginning the process of allocating election symbols.

So far 230 parties, including the PPP-SB, are enlisted with the ECP and 116 of them have applied for election symbols.