PTI receives 41,000 applications for party tickets in Elections 2018
ISLAMABAD - Imran Khan led PTI has received more than 41,000 applications and the party will field candidates for all 272 seats of the National Assembly,” said PTI’s spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday.
He said the party would award tickets to its candidates from Islamabad on May 31, those from Punjab on June 2 and 3, those from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on June 4, those from Sindh on June 5, and those from Balochistan on June 6.
In response to a question, Mr Chaudhry admitted that his party was facing difficulty in distribution of party tickets because in many constituencies several leaders were seeking the ticket. However, the party had formulated a set of eligibility criteria for choosing the best candidate from among the applicants. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD
He said the leaders from other parties who had recently joined the PTI would be given preference. “They have come mostly from the constituencies where the PTI candidates lost the 2013 elections with a margin of more than 20,000 votes. Therefore, this time the party is considering fielding the newcomers in these places,” the PTI spokesperson said.
He, however, ruled out the possibility of any conflict within the party over the distribution of tickets and said the party leadership was strong enough to tackle any such situation.
He said that PTI chairman Imran Khan had already announced that the party would not enter into any alliance for the elections, adding that the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Jamaat-i-Islami had approached Mr Khan for forming alliances but he had turned down their requests.