Demands for dissolution of ECP inappropriate, unconstitutional: Ishtiaq Ahmed

Islamabad: Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan ECP, Ishtiaq Ahmad said on Wednesday that demands for dissolution of incumbent Election Commission was inappropriate and unconstitutional.

While talking to the media persons after meeting of the Election Commission, he made it clear that ECP is fully geared up to hold general elections. He said that Commission has finalized all arrangements to hold general elections in fair way.

He said that issues of new recruitment and transfer of development funds also came under discussion in the meeting. He said that 25 references from the federation and the provinces have been received about new recruitment and the Commission would decide the matter after thorough review. He said that in case of recruitment‚ political interference would not be allowed.

He said that Election Commission has decided to ban new recruitment in constitutional department including Supreme Court. The recruitment in different governments will consider on case to case basis, added. Ishtiaq Ahmad said the ECP also decided to contact State Bank of Pakistan SBP and Federal Board of Revenue FBR to scrutinize electoral candidates.
The commission would chalk out the mechanism to scrutinize electoral candidates after meeting the representatives of the SBP and the FBR, he added.

Earlier, the meeting of Election Commission reviewed various issues relating government’s application for lifting ban on public sector appointments, ineligibility of parliamentarians and implementation of article 62 and 63 of the constitution.

The meeting also discussed verification of voter lists, progress on delimitation of constituencies in Karachi and various issues regarding electoral candidates and parliamentarians. During the meeting Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ibrahim was informed that 70 per cent of parliamentarians had not paid their taxes for 2011 in a letter from federal tax ombudsman secretary Dr Nazir Saeed. The letter which had earlier been sent to the election commission recommended that the ECP should declare the submission of tax details mandatory for candidates seeking to contest elections, along with their nomination papers. The meeting also considered few amendments in filing nomination papers while allotment of electoral symbols to political parties would also be fixed in the meeting.

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