High level meeting of Election Commission of Pakistan held to finalize electoral modalities

High level meeting of Election Commission of Pakistan held to finalize electoral modalities


Islamabad, February 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): A high level meeting of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was held today with State Bank of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue, National Accountability Bureau and National Database and Registration Authority to finalize modalities and a mechanism for electronic scrutiny, on-line sharing of information and verification of information contained in the Nomination papers to be submitted by the contesting candidates for upcoming General Elections-2013.

The meeting was chaired by Justice (R) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan and attended by the learned Members Election Commission, Justice (R) Riaz Kayani, Justice (R) Shahzad Akbar Khan and Justice (R) Fazal-ur-Rehman. Mr. Ishtiak Ahmed Khan, Secretary Election Commission and senior officers of the ECP were also present on the occasion.

The Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner said that cooperation of all departments is required so as to scrutinize the particulars of prospective candidates as to whether they fulfil the criteria mentioned in Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution to become true representatives of the people or otherwise and that the purpose of the meeting is to prepare a workable mechanism for scrutiny of nomination papers to be submitted by the contesting candidates for upcoming General Elections.

Governor, State Bank of Pakistan endorsed the view point of the Hon’ble CEC and assured that SBP will fully cooperate with the ECP. Likewise, Chairman FBR said that they would extend all possible assistance to the ECP for the purpose of verification of information submitted by contesting candidates pertaining to tax returns and assets and liabilities could provide the detailed list of all tax defaulters to the ECP within required time.

After thorough discussion on the issues, it was decided that:

i) A Committee will be constituted under the chairmanship of DG (E) comprising DG (IT), a representative each of SBP, FBR, NAB and NADRA to develop a workable mechanism for effective scrutiny of nomination papers of contesting candidates within a period of two weeks. Further, the Committee would suggest amendments in the nomination forms to achieve the desired objectives.

ii) The nomination papers submitted by the candidates would be made public on ECP’s website.

iii) The information provided by the candidates would be verified through the concerned departments.

iv) Nomination form would be scanned and placed on ECP’s website. The FBR officers shall be placed at the disposal of ECP to probe into those entries of nomination forms which relate to tax defaults and FBR shall provide details about tax defaulters to Returning Officers concerned.

v) NAB will provide lists of the convicts, details of plea-bargains under NAB ordinance.

vi) State Bank of Pakistan will provide details of bank defaulters to Returning Officers and the system to be adopted for the purpose.

vii) A meeting will be held with the heads of relevant authorities to identify those contesting candidates who have not paid utility bills in excess of ten thousand rupees, for over six months, at the time of filing his nomination papers and thus fall in the ambit of Article 63.

For more information, contact:
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
Election Commission of Pakistan Secretariat
Election House, Constitution Avenue G-5/2,
Tel: +9251 920 1975, +9251 920 6062
Fax: +9251 920 5402, +9251 920 5300



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