ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Wednesday advised all the government dignitaries and public servants to refrain from announcing developmental schemes or inauguration of any such scheme/developmental projects during the election campaign in NA-19 Haripur. The ECP issued a statement after it noticed that some dignitaries were expected to visit Constituency NA-19 Haripur during election campaign. It warned that in case of any violation of the Code of Conduct by any government dignitary during the election campaign, the Election Commission of Pakistan would take serious notice and strict action would be taken as per rules and Code of Conduct.

Meanwhile, Sub-Committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms recommended that in the next general elections it would be made binding on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to display the elections results along with Forms 14, 15 and 16 on its official website soon after the elections.

Briefing the media persons after the sub-committee’s meeting, its convener former federal minister Zahid Hamid said that they wanted to grant maximum financial and administrative autonomy to the Election Commission of Pakistan. He further said that the staff of Election Commission would be given salaries from federal fund.

Besides members of the sub-committee the officials from Election Commission, NADRA and Ministry of Law were present in the meeting to give their input on some legal and administrative matters.

Zahid Hamid informed that they have made it mandatory on Election Commission of Pakistan to accept the delimitation of the constituencies for Local Bodies done by administration.

He further said that it was also decided in the meeting that training to the election staff, including returning officers and deputy returning officers would be compulsory. Some major changes in the training programme with the aim to make it more comprehensive were also proposed.

He said that it was further proposed that Election Commission of Pakistan must publish its annual report.

The committee has also proposed making the result management system for next general elections in place and alongside the results Election Commission of Pakistan should display Forms 14, 15 and 16 on its official website.

ECP ASKS PARTIES TO SUBMIT

ACCOUNTS’ DETAILS BY AUG 29

Election Commission of Pakistan has asked political parties to submit details of their accounts with the commission by August 29, 2015.

The Commission has drawn the attention of political parties to 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.

In a statement issued by ECP on Wednesday it was stated that a certificate signed by the party leader must accompany the statement of accounts stating that no funds from any source prohibited under the Political Parties Order, 2002, were received by the party; and the statement contains an accurate financial position of the party.

The commission has also stated that such statements can only be submitted on prescribed form available free of cost with the Election Commission Secretariat, Islamabad and in the offices of Provincial Election Commissioners, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

It has also been explained that in terms of Article 14 of Political Party Order, 2002, a party, which fails to submit its statement of accounts under Article 13, will not be eligible to obtain election symbol for contesting elections for Majils-e-Shoora (Parliament) and provincial legislatures.

The statements are required to be delivered to the secretary Election Commission of Pakistan at the Commission Secretariat through an office-bearer of the party duly authorised by the party leader.

Under Rule 11 of the Political Parties Rules, 2002, the statements received through post, fax, courier service or any other mode will not be entertained.