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Elections 2024: less appeals recorded in tribunals, compared to three previous polls


ISLAMABAD: In the 2024 general elections, fewer candidates have appealed to election tribunals due to the rejection or approval of their nomination papers, in contrast to the 2002, 1997, and 1990 general elections.

According to investigations by the Hum investigation team, there were more candidates who appealed during the 2002, 1997, and 1990 elections compared to the 2024 elections.

In the general elections of 2002, 1997, and 1990, a 73 per cent of candidates, whose nomination papers faced rejection or contested the approval of rival candidates’ nomination papers, lodged appeals in election tribunals.

According to HIT, a total of 12,580 candidates had their nomination papers rejected in the nine elections spanning from 1988 to 2024. Among these, 59 per cent, equivalent to 7,166 candidates, pursued appeals against the rejection or approval of their nomination papers.

In the 2024 elections, 68 per cent of the total candidates, comprising 2,235 out of 3,240, have submitted appeals. Official statistics reveal that in the 2018 elections, only 66 per cent, or 1,227 out of 1,893 rejected candidates, pursued appeals. Contrastingly, in the 2013 elections, merely 41 per cent, or 1,618 out of 3,916 rejected candidates, chose to file appeals. Similarly, in the 2008 elections, only 46 per cent, or 455 out of 989 candidates, opted for appeals.

Official statistics show that in the 2002 elections, only 77 per cent, or 777 of the 1,019 rejected candidates, filed appeals. In the 1997 elections, only 71 per cent, or 548 of the 784 rejected candidates, filed appeals.

In the 1993 elections, a mere 2 per cent, equivalent to 136 rejected candidates, pursued appeals. In the 1990 elections, only 72 per cent, or 83 rejected candidates, opted for appeals, while in the 1988 elections, just 62 per cent, or 53 rejected candidates, chose to file appeals.

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