MQM, PML-F among parties barred from contesting elections for failing to show finances: ECP

The Election Commission of Pakistan has barred those political parties who failed to submit their financial records from contesting future elections, an official notice from the election body said on Wednesday.”Political parties that did not submit their financial records before the final submission date [August 29] will not be allowed to contest any future elections, neither will they be assigned election symbols,” the notice read. Out of 345 political parties registered with the ECP, only 31 have submitted their financial records before the final date. Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), PML-Zia, PML-Junejo and KP Mili Awami Party are among the parties that did not submit their records. Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen & Qaumi Watan Party turned in their records after the final date had passed and therefore, will not be allowed to contest elections. According to Article 14 of the Political Parties’ Order 2002, a party which does not submit its bank statements under Article 13 will not be eligible for obtaining an election symbol for contesting elections for parliament and the provincial assemblies. An ECP official had earlier told Dawn that the commission had reminded political parties to submit [financial records] to the commission within 60 days of the close of each financial year, a consolidated statement of its bank accounts on Form-1 duly audited by a chartered accountant.

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