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Decks cleared for Imran Khan's oath on August 18

12 August, 2018, 15:10 | Author: Tommie Newton
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PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said, "Imran Khan will be elected prime minister of the country "within the first round" of the vote in the parliament".

Khan's party emerged the single-largest in national elections held on July 25, winning 115 seats, and will form the government with the support of allies and independent candidates. TV footage showed Khan, accompanied by his friends and supporters, publicly stamping his ballot paper on the presiding officer's table, forcing the ECP to take action against him. Meanwhile, the apologies of Imran Khan, Pervez Khattak and Ayaz Sadiq in offensive language case were accepted by the commission.

Justice Raza was of the view that evidence showing disrespect of the vote should be recorded.

However, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) today came to his rescue and issued a victory notification for Lahore's NA-131 constituency, declaring Khan the victor of the contest against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's Saad Rafique.

Earlier today, Imran Khan removed the last hurdle in his swearing by writing an apology letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan for violating the voting norms.

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The only constituency that the ECP has withheld the notification for is NA-53 Islamabad where it has demanded a signed apology from Imran for violating the electoral code of conduct while casting his vote during the general election 2018. Elections for the speaker, deputy speaker and the Leader of the House will take place.

On Thursday, ECP had termed the reply of Imran Khan as "inadmissible" due to absence of his signatures.

The polling staff asked me to use a table for the process while the media snapped the picture without prior consent, added Khan in his reply. He added that the media recorded footage of him without his consent while he was casting his vote, and that he had not meant to violate the law.

Khan's party said the former cricketer also discussed Afghanistan with the USA envoy, stressing that a political solution was needed rather than more fighting.

The Indian envoy met cricketer-turned-politician Khan at his Banigala residence in the suburbs of the capital.

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