Lo­cal govt polls ECP's con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity: SC

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Supreme Court of Pak­istan on Tues­day wrapped up two pe­ti­tions raised by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) re­gard­ing hold­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

The apex court ruled that ac­cord­ing to ar­ti­cle 140-A hold­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions is the con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity of the elec­tion com­mis­sion. The Supreme Court or­dered that the elec­tion com­mis­sion will de­cide the dates of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion.

Ob­serv­ing that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions have not been held in the Punjab and Sindh for six years, the apex court re­marked that the ECP is not sup­posed to re­quest for dates from the prov­inces but rather is­sue or­ders to the prov­inces.

Dur­ing the hear­ing Jus­tice Qazi Faiz Issa re­marked, that one con­sti­tu­tional en­tity is ask­ing another con­sti­tu­tional en­tity to per­mit vi­o­la­tion of the con­sti­tu­tion, and the con­sti­tu­tional en­tity is re­spond­ing that it is un­able to per­form its duty. Mean­while, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan is fully de­ter­mined and earnestly con­sid­er­ing the mat­ter of Pak­istani cit­i­zen­ship hold­ing ex­pa­tri­ates their ba­sic right to vote.

An in­cor­rect im­pres­sion has been cre­ated in a sec­tion of press that the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) is back­track­ing of its plan for giv­ing the right to vote to Pak­ista­nis liv­ing over­seas, said spokesman of the ECP.

For this pur­pose, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has al­ready con­sti­tuted a high-level Com­mit­tee un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Mr. Ma­sood Malak, ADG Elec­tions that in­cludes; in­ter alia, two Mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly i-e Mr. Arif Alvi and Dr. Tariq Fazal Choudhry, he added. He fur­ther added that the Com­mit­tee stud­ied and ex­am­ined the fea­si­bil­ity of dif­fer­ent op­tions for fa­cil­i­tat­ing vot­ing by the Over­seas Pak­ista­nis through Postal Bal­lot,In­ter­net Vot­ing and Vot­ing etc.

The Com­mit­tee has so far con­ducted six­teen meet­ings and dis­cussed all the le­gal and tech­ni­cal is­sues/pro­vi­sions about var­i­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties of pro­vid­ing the vot­ing right to over­seas Pak­istan, he claimed.

Re­sul­tantly, six­teen dif­fer­ent rec­om­men­da­tions have been fi­nal­ized and for­warded to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion that are be­ing de­lib­er­ated thor­oughly.

On the other hand, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has once again asked the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties who have not sub­mit­ted their state­ment of party ac­counts to sub­mit their ac­counts de­tails by Au­gust

In-per­son 29. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties have to sub­mit de­tails of ac­counts to un­der the pro­vi­sions of Ar­ti­cle 13 of the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Or­der, 2002 which pro­vides that ev­ery po­lit­i­cal party shall sub­mit to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, within 60 days from the close of each fi­nan­cial year, a con­sol­i­dated state­ment of ac­counts of the party, duly au­dited by a Char­tered Ac­coun­tant. Spokesman of ECP said that the pre­scribed printed Forms are avail­able free of cost in the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion Sec­re­tar­iat, Is­lam­abad and in the of­fices of Pro­vin­cial Elec­tion Com­mis­sion­ers, Punjab, Sindh, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochis­tan.

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