Election Watch Update - April 19

After a fairly dramatic series of events in which former president Pervez Musharraf left the Supreme Court for his house in Islamabad – thus avoiding arrest as the court had ordered – the former army chief has been arrested and given a two-remand by a magistrate. His residence has been declared a sub-jail.

Political parties have started to announce finalized lists of candidates, while the PPP is still trying to find candidates for seats in Punjab. A list of candidates for Sindh is available here.

Several politicians have been cleared to contest the elections after being rejected in the first round of the scrutiny process, including former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf (PPP / NA-51 Rawalpindi-I) and Sheikh Waqas Akram (PML-N / NA-89 Jhang-IV). However, Akram will not be contesting the seat that he won in 2008 but his father Sheikh Mohammad Akram will be the PML-N’s candidate. The ASWJ has denied reports of formal seat adjustments with any candidate or party in the constituency.

Prominent transgender activist Sanam Fakeer has started campaigning in Sukkur.

The PML-N and the JI have agreed on a seat adjustment deal in Bannu.

After a series of attacks on candidates for the elections and party offices, the ECP has asked the government to ensure security measures. The ANP will not be holding large rallies - given that one was attacked in Peshawar this week - and will focus on a door-to-door campaign instead.

Dawn profiles the contest for the NA-116 Narowal-II seat in Shakargarh.