EC vows to implement constitutional articles 62, 63
Election Commission on Wednesday vowing to implement constitutional articles 62 and 63 of the constitution underlined that a meeting will be held to finalize the nomination paper formate on Thursday.
A meeting of the Election Commission was held here to adopt such steps which would be taken against convicted loan defaulters and tax evaders who want to contest the next general elections in the country.
Chief Election Commissioner Fakharuddin G. Ibrahim presided the meeting while Chairman NAB‚ Chairman NADRA and Governor State Bank attended the meeting.
Later briefing the media Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaque Ahmed said that the election schedule will be announced after 10 days when the present assemblies will be dissolved.
He said the election process is already in progress and the commission has already notified the names of Returning and Assistant District Returning officers and is receiving applications from the political parties for allotment of symbols.
He said what could be done to meet the requirements of the Article 63 of the constitution will be undertaken in the remaining ten days. He said in this short period we have to develop our system including on lining confirmation of the nomination papers and on the other side the manual system.
He said a meeting will be held in the Election Commission on Thursday to finalize the nomination paper formate. The meeting will be attended by Parliamentary Committee and the Ministry of Law. After its approval it would be sent to President for approval‚ then it would be sent for printing.
Secretary said that a cell has been set up in the Election Commission with the members of NAB‚ State Bank and FBR to verify the nomination papers of the candidates online and manually. This cell would continue to work till the holding of the elections and if needed it will extend its working after the election process.
Replying a question about regularization of employees in Punjab province‚ he said it would be reviewed in accordance to the law. He said all arrangements have been completed for the holding of fair‚ free and impartial elections.
Meanwhile, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken notice of new appointments, provision of loans and job regularization by the Sindh, Punjab and Federal governments.
In a statement, Director General ECP Syed Sher Afgan said Punjab government regularized 100,000 employees of grade 1-16, while the Sindh government provided loans to 300,000 youths under Waseela Rozgar Scheme.
He said both the provincial governments violated ECP orders, which is tantamount to affect the election results. The ECP also took notice of making Farooq Awan as member finance of PTA by the federal government. The commission has sought reply in three and seven days from Federal, Punjab and Sindh governments respectively.