SIALKOT

Record number of aspirants for the local government polls has filed nomination papers in Sialkot district showing keen interest in the upcoming elections.

According to the officials of Election Commission of Pakistan, 8,047 people have submitted their papers to contest the polls for the seats of district council, municipal corporations and the municipal committees of Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils.

It is a record number of nomination papers which show that the people in Sialkot district are taking keen interest in the coming polls. A total of 6,453 aspirant candidates including 679 for the seats of chairmanship and vice chairmanship have submitted their papers in 124 union councils of the district council, they said. 

In 24 union councils of Sialkot Municipal Corporation, 1,136 candidates including 116 for chairmanship and vice chairmanship submitted their nomination papers. In Daska, 184 candidates deposited their nomination papers for 30 wards councillors’ seats in Municipal Committee Daska.

In Pasrur, 136 candidates deposited their nomination papers for 26 wards councillors’ seats in Municipal Committee Pasrur. In Sambrial, 138 candidates deposited their nomination papers for 20 wards councillors’ seats in Municipal Committee Sambrial. Meanwhile, the local leadership of PML-N and its MNAs and MPAs from all the four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils are facing pressure by the applicants for getting PML-N tickets.

Political hustle and bustle could be witnessed at the offices and outhouses of local parliamentarians in Sialkot district. However, the public representatives say that they are not in a good position to instantly announce the party tickets.

Local leaders of PML-N and PTI are claiming to receive a record number of applications from the candidates seeking party tickets. Idrees Ahmed Bajwa, president of PML-N Sialkot District, and Shujaat Ali Pasha, secretary general, said that their party had received a record number of applications for tickets. However, they added, the PML-N had not yet finalised party tickets.