Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that the rulers are trying to flee from local government elections but the PTI candidates have entered the ground and they will not let the government rig the polling process.

Talking to party workers and prospective candidates here at his residence on Saturday, he added that the rulers clearly saw their humiliating defeat in the coming elections and therefore they wanted to flee from the election. He declared that the PTI had finalised its panels and its candidates were fully prepared to contest the polls. He warned the government that if it tried to rig the election, the PTI workers would stop it with force.

He strongly criticised the government and said that it completely failed to deliver. He maintained that sky-rocketing prices crushed the poor public but the rulers did nothing to offer relief to the people. “Instead they’re going to give another wave of price hike as a gift of New Year to the poor public,” he lamented. He claimed that the PTI would sweep local government elections across the country.

9135 SUBMITTED THEIR NOMINATIONS: A total of 9135 candidates submitted their nomination papers for the offices of Chairman, Vice Chairman and councillors in 185 Union Councils (UCs) of Multan district as the returning officers displayed the lists of candidates here on Saturday. The returning officers will receive objections against the candidature of the candidates on Sunday (today) while the scrutiny will take place between December 30 and January 4.

According to details, a total of 117 Chairman/Vice Chairman candidates deposited their nomination papers against 117 UCs of Zila Council Multan. Similarly, a total of 5290 candidates for the offices of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Councillors deposited their papers for 117 UCs of Zila Council.

On the other hand, as many as 3845 candidates submitted their papers for the offices of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Councillors in 68 UCs of Municipal Corporation Multan. The number of Chairman and Vice Chairman candidates, who submitted their papers, stood at 363 in Municipal Corporation.

According to the schedule, the candidates can lodge appeals against rejection of their nomination papers on January 6 and 7 while the decisions on the appeals will be declared between January 8 and 11. Similarly, the candidates can withdraw their nomination papers on January 12 while the final list of candidates will be displayed on January 13.

The polling is likely to take place on January 30 while the official result will be declared on February 2.