LAHORE - Only 38 political parties out of total 354 registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) stand eligible to contest next elections.

As 316 parties have so far failed to fulfil the criteria to keep intact their registration, the ECP will soon decide their fate, spokesperson of ECP Punjab has told The Nation.

A political party registered with the ECP requires to submit its account details with the commission and hold intra-party election every year. The ECP can suspend or expel the party in a certain time limit if it fails to meet the criteria given in Political Parties Rules 2002.

Owing to the ECP’s failure to implement its rule and regulations in true sense in the past, a massive increase in the registration of political parties had been witnessed, which took their number to 354. And interestingly, more than 80 percent of the registered parties are unknown to public.

“A large number of parties are not involved in any kind of political activity rather they register themselves only to collect donations and funds,” said Ms Huda Gohar, a spokesperson for the commission.

The ECP had sought details from the political parties about their intra-party polls, accounts and present addresses through a public order around eight months earlier. But, the parties had not bothered to submit any detail so far.

According to the ECP document, only 38 parties provided details of their accounts and held intra-party elections till September 28 and hence they stand qualified for contesting elections.

“The chief election commissioner (CEC) of Pakistan and four ECP members will soon announce the fate of the parties so far failed to meet the criteria of their registration,” Ms Huda said.

The parties stand eligible to contest elections are: Awami Muslim League, Pakistan Muslim League Council, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Muslim League, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen, PPP-Shaheed Bhutto, Mustaqbil Pakistan, Pakistan Muhammadi Party, PTI, National Party, Islami Tehreek Pakistan, PPP Parliamentarians, Hazara Democratic Party, PML-N, Pakistan Qaumi League, Sindh United Party, PPP, Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek, Pakistan Rahe Haq, Move on Pakistan, Tehreek Tahufze Pakistan, PPP Workers, Pakistan Women Muslim League, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insanyat, Awam League, Aam Admi Tehreek Pakistan, Aam Log Party Pakistan, Pak Sarzameen Party, Pakistan People’s Front, PML-Zia, Amun Taraqqi Party, PML-Functional, Barabri Party Pakistan, Awami Workers Party and Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan.

An official of the ECP seeking anonymity said the commission halted the delisting process of dormant political parties for at least one month.

“The decision on parties eligibility is likely within a month,” he said, and added the CEC issued direction that the inactive political parties should not be delisted till next meeting of the commission.

The parties registered with ECP are: Aalay Kalam Ullah Farman Rasool, Aam Admi Justice Party, Aam Admi Party of Pakistan, Aam Admi Tehreek Pakistan, Aam Awam Party, Aam Loeg Ittehad, Aam Log Party, Aam Pakistani Ittehad, Aam Pakistani Party, Aap Janab Sarkar Party, Afghan National Party, Afghan Qaumi Movement (Pakistan), All Muttahida Baloch Qaumi Movement, All Pakistan Aam Admi Party, All Pakistan Bayrozgar Party, All Pakistan Christian League, All Pakistan Ghurba League, All Pakistan Ittehad League, All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, All Pakistan Minority Movement, All Pakistan Muslim League, All Pakistan Peoples Qaumi Movement, All Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, All Pakistan Tehreek, All Pakistan Youth Working Party, Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek, Aam Admi Party, Amun Taraqqi Party, Awami Action Party, Awami Himayat Tehreek Pakistan, Awami Inqlab Party, Awami Ittehad Party, Awami Jamhoori Party (AJP), Awami Jamhuri Ittehad Pakistan, Awami Justice Party, Awami Muslim League Pakistan, Awami National Party, Awami Party Pakistan, Awami Qiadat Party, Awami Raj Party, Awami Tehreek Bahali-e-Soba Bahawalpur Pakistan, Awami Warkers Party, Azad Pakistan Party, Azmat-e-Islam Movement, Bahawalpur National Awami Party, Bala Pir Tehreek Sadat Party Pakistan, Balochistan National Congress, Balochistan National Movement, Balochistan National Party, Balochistan National Party (Awami), Barabri Party Pakistan, Bedar Pakistan, Christian Progressive Movement, Communist Party of Pakistan, Democratic Party of Pakistan, Falah-e-Pakistan League, Front National (Pakistan), General Pervez Musharaf Himayat Tehreek, Ghareeb Awam Party, Ghreeb Admi Party Pakistan, Gujar Qaumi Movement, Ham Awam Party, Haqiqi Jamote Qaumi Movement, Hazara Awami Ittehad Pakistan, Hazara Democratic Party, Hazara Qaumi Mahaz, Human Development Movement, I AM PAKISTAN, Islami Inqalab Party, Islami Nazriati Tehreek Pakistan, Islami Peoples Party, Islami Siasi Tehreek, Islami Tehreek Pakistan, Islamic Law Pakistan, Islamic Republican Party, Istehkam-e-Pakistan Movement Party, Istiqlal Party, Ittehad Alam-e-Islam, Ittehad Milli Hazara, Jamaat Ahle Hadith Pakistan (Ropri), Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Jamiat Ahle Hadith Pakistan (Elahi Zaheer), Jamhoori Wattan Party, Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (F), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (S), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Noorani), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Imam Noorani), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Niazi), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Nifaz-e-Shariat), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Sawad-e-Azam), Jamiat–e-Mushaikh Pakistan, Jamote Qaumi Movement, Jannat Pakistan Party, Jeev-e-Pakistan Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Nazryati), Justice and Development Party, Kakar Jamhoori Party Pakistan, Karwan-i-Millat Pakistan, Khud Mukhtar Pakistan Party, Khyber Union, Law of Quran Nizam-e-Mustafa, Lower Middle Party, Madadgar Pakistan, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Pakistan, Markazi Jamaat Ahle Hadith (Zubair), Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith (Lakhwi Group), Markazi Jamiat Al-Hadith (Sajid Mir), Markazi Jamiat Mushaikh Pakistan, Markazi Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Sharif Rizvi), Masih Awami Party, Menecracy Action Party, Millat Party, Mohajir Ittehad Tehrik, Mohajir Kashmir Movement, Mohajir Qaumi Movement Pakistan, Mohib-e-Wattan Movement, Mohib-e-Wattan Nowjawan Inqilabion Ki Anjuman (MNAKA), Move on Pakistan, Muhib-e-Wattan Roshan Pakistan, Muslim Movement Pakistan, Mustaqbil Pakistan, Mutahida Baloch Movement Pakistan, Muttahida Karwan-e-Pakistan Party, Muttahida Qabail Party, Muttahida Muslim League, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan, Muttahida Aman Party, Muttahida Awami Ittehad Party, Muttahida Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, Muttahida Pakistan Muslim League (Sarfaraz Group), Muttahida Tehreek Inqlab Pakistan, Muttahida Ulema-e-Mashaikh Council of Pakistan, Muttahida Jamhoori Wattan Party, Mutthida Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan, National Alliance, National Awami Party, National Justice Party, National Party, National Peace & Justice, National Peace Council Party, National Peoples Party, National Peoples Party Workers Group, Nazaria Pakistan Tehreek, Nizam-e-Mustafa Party, Pak Islam Party, Pak Justice Party (Haqiqi), Pak Muslim Alliance, Pak Sarzameen Party, Pak Wattan Party, Pakhtoonkhwa Qaumi Party, Pakhtun Millat Party, Pakistan Abasein Labour Confederation, Pakistan Amn League, Pakistan Amn Party, Pakistan Amn Tehreek, Pakistan Awami Inqalab, Pakistan Awami Party, Pakistan Awami Quwat Party, Pakistan Awami Raj, Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Pakistan Awami Tehrik-e-Inqilab, Pakistan Bachao Party, Pakistan Barabri Party, Pakistan Basic Rights Movement, Pakistan Brohi Party, Pakistan Citizen Movement, Pakistan Conservative Party, Pakistan Democratic Front, Pakistan Democratic League (PDL), Pakistan Democratic Party, Pakistan Development Party, Pakistan Dharti Maan Party, Pakistan Falah Party, Pakistan Falahi Tehreek, Pakistan Fatima Jinnah Muslim League, Pakistan Freedom Movement, Pakistan Freedom Party, Pakistan Gharib Party and others.