ECP seeks de­fault­ers list in 48 hours

Con­di­tion of bank ac­counts for prospec­tive can­di­dates re­laxed

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

IS­LAM­ABAD— Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan has tasked dif­fer­ent government au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide the lists of de­fault­ers in 48 hours.

In this re­gard, no­ti­fi­ca­tions have been is­sued to Water & Power Devel­op­ment Author­ity ( WAPDA, Pak­istan Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Author­ity, Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Cor­po­ra­tion, Sui North­ern Gas Pipe­lines Lim­ited, Sui South­ern Gas Com­pany Lim­ited, and Min­istry of Hous­ing & Works.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, ECP in its writ­ten di­rec­tives sent to all the afore­men­tioned au­thor­i­ties has stressed they meet the dead­line given so that the elec­toral scru­tiny could be com­pleted in time.

The ad­min­is­tra­tions of Pun­jab House, KPK House, Sindh House and Balochis­tan House have also been di­rected to pro­vide de­tails of the out­stand­ing dues the de­fault­ers owe to dif­fer­ent util­i­ties.

More­over, the pri­vate util­ity or­ga­ni­za­tions have also been asked to pro­vide lists of de­fault­ers.

Ear­lier, ECP Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary, Afzal Khan, said that all the government, au-

tonomous, pri­vate util­ity or­ga­ni­za­tions had been asked to pro­vide the lists of de­fault­ers.

Mean­while, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan re­laxed the con­di­tions of open­ing a new bank ac­count for the prospec­tive elec­tion can­di­dates to jus­tify the elec­tion ex­pen­di­tures within the an­nounced limi t s.

Ac­cord­ing to a no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the ECP on Satur­day, the author­ity has de­cided that all the prospec­tive can­di­dates who would file nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on March 31, 2013 can ei­ther pro­vide the num­ber of their ex­ist­ing ac­count in any bank, if any, or open new bank ac­count and pro­vide that num­ber to the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cers con­cerned on the day of scru­tiny of their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers.

The state­ment added that the de­ci­sion was taken af­ter a num­ber of prospec­tive can­di­dates called the ECP and told t hem that it was not pos­si­ble to open new bank ac­counts on March 31, 2013 given banks are closed on Sun­day.

The can­di­dates ar­gued that since an ac­count won’t be opened in time, they could not in­di­cate an ac­count num­ber in the r el - evant col­umn.

The of­fices of Elec­tion Com­mis­sion Balochis­tan will re­main open in hol­i­days.

In a state­ment is­sued on Satur­day, the Pro­vin­cial Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner Balochis­tan Sul­tan Bayazeed said that of­fices would re­main open on hol­i­days in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate can­di­dates to sub­mit their nom­i­na­tion forms.

The can­di­dates can also sub­mit their nom­i­na­tion forms dur­ing weekly off days, he said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.