Islamabad: Former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf's nomination papers for a parliamentary constituency in Rawalpindi were rejected by authorities on Sunday even as the Election Commission completed the verification of nominations of 24,094 candidates contesting the May 11, 2013 polls. Ashraf's nomination papers were rejected after he was accused of misappropriating funds and indulging in nepotism.
The Pakistan People's Party leader is facing allegations of corruption in clearing rental power projects. While rejecting Ashraf's papers, the Returning Officer said the former premier did not fulfil the criteria of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution, which state that a candidate should have a "good character". In Lahore, a Returning Officer accepted former premier and PML-N party chief Nawaz Sharif s the nomination papers for a parliamentary seat and declared him eligible for contesting the polls. All objections against Sharif were rejected by the Returning Officer.
The Election Commission completed the verification of nominations of 24,094 candidates contesting the polls to the national and provincial assemblies. The papers, verified and processed by several departments as part of the overall scrutiny process, were sent to Returning Officers for a final decision.