EC vows to im­ple­ment con­sti­tu­tional ar­ti­cles 62, 63

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

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.

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