Election Watch Update - April 2

A 15-member federal caretaker cabinet will be sworn in today, including Pakistan Today editor Arif Nizami and lawyer Ahmer Bilal Soofi.

Owais Muzaffar, President Asif Ali Zardari’s foster brother, was quizzed on his knowledge of Islam during the process of filing nomination papers.

PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has reportedly returned to Pakistan. The PPP has announced an economic reforms program for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The MQM announced its manifesto on Monday, featuring education and agricultural reforms. The manifesto is available here.

The Express Tribune profiles veteran politician Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and his party, the Qaumi Watan Party.

Over 70 members of minority faiths have been nominated on reserved seats by political parties. The PTI has nominated 22 people. The PML-N’s candidates include Isphanyar Bhandara, who runs Murree Brewery and is also listed as a ‘co-opted member’ of the party’s manifesto committee. His late father Minocher Bhandara also served in the National Assembly.

BBC Urdu provides an overview of the seats prominent politicians and party chiefs will be contesting.

The Supreme Court has asked the ECP to withhold nomination papers of candidates whose degrees have yet to be verified by the Higher Education Commission. A list of former legislators with reportedly falsified degrees is available here. [PDF]

Dawn’s online coverage of the elections has launched with profiles of political parties, constituencies and candidates.

Former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf left Karachi for Islamabad on Monday and said that elections have to be held under the supervision of the military.

There are 3,844 voters registered in Pakistan who are over 100 years of age.