Nawaz, Maryam and Captain (retd) Safdar can’t vote, says the ECP

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Nawaz, Maryam and Captain (retd) Safdar can’t vote, says the ECP

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar, who are currently in Adiala Jail, will not be allowed to cast their votes on July 25.

Prisoners have the right to cast their votes from jail. The exercise was conducted on July 5. According to the election commission, the Sharifs will not be able to cast their votes as the postal ballot exercise has already been carried out.

“The three convicts cannot cast their votes while in jail,” said an ECP official. “The Election Act has no concessions for such a situation. Each clause of the Election Act is being implemented.”

The Supreme Court disqualified in 2017 then PM Nawaz in the Panama Papers case. The court ordered NAB to file three corruption references against Nawaz and his family.

An anti-corruption court has sentenced the family in one of the three references – Avenfield. The former PM was awarded 10 years in jail and his daughter, Maryam, was awarded seven. Maryam’s husband, Capt (retd) Safdar was also handed a one-year sentence in the case. All three are currently in jail. They have appealed the decision.

They were arrested upon their return to the country on July 13. APP