Islamabad(June 20, 2018): Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday has decided to publicize all the details of the candidates contesting in upcoming general elections 2018.
According to the commission, the details of twenty-one thousand candidates will be available on ECP website so that the nation can better decide to whom they want to vote.On the other hand, the Election Commission of Pakistan has formed 20 appellate tribunals for disposing of appeals against rejection or acceptance of nomination papers.
According to an ECP notification, the tribunals comprised high court judges. Eight tribunals have been constituted for Punjab, six for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, four for Sindh, and two for Balochistan.
As per the election schedule, appeals against rejection or acceptance of nomination papers can be filed by Friday.The decision on the appeals will be made by 27th of this month, after which the final list of the candidates will be published on the next day.
The last date for withdrawal of candidature will be 29th of this month.
The date for allocation of electoral symbols and publication of the final list of contesting candidates is 30th of this month.Election commission of Pakistan concluded the scrutiny process of nomination papers on Tuesday as candidates can challenge the Returning Officers (ROs) decision till June 22.
NADRA Denies Allegations:
Earlier, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) on Tuesday denied an accusation of a leakage of voters’ data for the General Election 2018.
In a letter to NADRA Chairman Usman Yousaf Mobin, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had alleged that NADRA officials had shared details of voters with “unrelated persons”.
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According to DG NADRA Zulfiqar Ali, an internal email was shown on television by a private channel. “The email was not linked to data leakage,” he said.
Ali further said the press conference was not in response to a political statement by any party. “Ever since NADRA was established, data has not bee leaked,” he said.
He further said that the authority is audited every year and had been praised by the Supreme Court. Ali stated that false accusations had been levelled near the election time in the past and it is being done no.The official had further said NADRA had responded to the ECP about the accusation in an earlier meeting in the first week of June, adding that a verbal response had been given to ECP.
ECP demands probe into the matter:
In the accusation levelled against NADRA, the electoral body had said NADRA violated its agreement regarding the confidentiality of data. NADRA was not permitted to share data with anyone as per the agreement, ECP had asserted.ECP had demanded that the NADRA chairman conduct an inquiry against those involved in the alleged data leak.
A NADRA spokesperson had however termed the allegations baseless and malicious. Moreover, it clarified that it had not provided any kind of data to any political party.
General elections are set to be held in the country on July 25.
Asset Details of Caretaker PM, CM Punjab:
Interim Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk had submitted his assets details to the election commission of Pakistan.
Except Caretaker PM, Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar, Interior Minister Azam Khan and KP Chief Minister Dost Muhammad Khan, had also submitted the details of their assets to Election Commission of Pakistan.
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According to details, the interim premier has 14 properties to this name in Pakistan, including plots of one canal each in D-15 and G-14 in Islamabad, a two-canal plot worth Rs11 million in Bahria Enclave and an apartment worth Rs22 million in Diplomatic Enclave.
Besides, Mulk’s wife possesses properties worth $714,286 in Singapore and £272,850 in London, investment worth $722,590, jewellery worth Rs3.1 million, furniture of Rs6.5 million, more than Rs100 million in four different bank accounts and mortgage of $380,363 on properties.
Punjab Chief Minister Hasan Askari possesses a house worth Rs7 million, cash and prize bonds of Rs0.93 million and a bank balance of Rs10 million.The Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to write to those who have not yet fulfilled the requirement, which had to be completed within three days after the caretaker minister took oath.