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Polls in September for seat vacated by Pakistan’s ex-PM Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif’s brother and Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif has been chosen by the PML-N party to contest from the NA-120 constituency in Lahore.

world Updated: Aug 01, 2017 22:33 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Islamabad
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Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shehbaz Sharif has been nominated by his party for the parliamentary polls. (Reuters file photo)

Pakistan will hold polls on September 17 for the Lahore parliamentary seat in Punjab province that was vacated by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the election commission announced on Tuesday.

Sharif’s brother and Punjab province chief minister Shehbaz Sharif has been chosen by the PML-N party to contest from the NA-120 constituency in Lahore, which fell vacant after the prime minister was disqualified on July 28.

The Supreme Court last week disqualified 67-year-old Nawaz Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing him to resign.

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According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), candidates may submit their nominations between August 10 and 12. Their applications will be scrutinised between August 15- 17.

The election in NA-120 will take place on September 17, the ECP said.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) initially announced that Yasmeen Rashid will contest the election but there are also reports that PTI may field former governor of Punjab and its active member Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar.

First Published: Aug 01, 2017 17:59 IST