Lahore is preparing for a tightly contested election with a remarkable 470 candidates submitting their nomination papers for the city’s 14 National Assembly seats in the upcoming general elections. This robust competition sets the stage for a dynamic and potentially unpredictable race for public office.
The provincial assembly elections are also drawing significant attention, with a substantial 1,408 nomination papers filed for the available 30 seats. This indicates a diverse pool of candidates eager to represent their constituencies.
Prominent figures entering the fray include:
NA-117: About 38 candidates, including Abdul Aleem Khan, President of the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party, have submitted their documents for this constituency.
NA-118: Hamza Shehbaz, a leader of PML-N and son of former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, is one of the 19 candidates contesting from NA-118.
NA-119: Maryam Nawaz, a leader of PML-N and daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is in a competition with 34 candidates, including Aleem Khan, for this constituency.
NA-120: A total of 38 nomination papers have been submitted for this constituency, featuring PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz, Khawaja Saad Rafique, and Ayaz Sadiq.
NA-122: Imran Khan, the former chairman of PTI, will face off against 36 candidates from this constituency.
NA-123: Shehbaz Sharif, President of PML-N, and Afzal Pahat, a PTI leader, are among the 20 contestants for this seat.
NA-127: Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Chairman of PPP, and Shaista Pervaiz Malik of PML-N are among the 36 candidates for this constituency.
NA-130: Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister, and Dr. Yasmin Rashid, former PTI minister, are among the 28 candidates competing for this seat.
Simultaneously, 23 nomination papers have been submitted for NA-124, 27 for NA-125, 22 for NA-126, 33 for NA-128, and 28 for NA-129 constituencies.
This represents just a fraction of the notable contenders, as the complete list encompasses individuals from diverse political parties, independent aspirants, and newcomers venturing into the political arena. With such an extensive and varied field, predicting the election outcome becomes a challenging task.
The upcoming weeks will be pivotal as the scrutiny process for nomination papers unfolds, and political alliances take shape. Anticipate an escalation of political rallies, debates, and campaign activities, ensuring an animated and engaging election season for the residents of Lahore.