ISLAMABAD - On the direction of members of Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has agreed to post the assets details of all the parliamentarians back on the website, which were removed a few days back due to some unknown reasons.

Yesterday, when the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms (PCER) met here under the chair of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Secretary Election Commission was also present in the committee for briefing on some issue, the members pointed out the removal of MPs assets details from the ECP’s website.

The ECP secretary informed the committee that the commission had observed that posting of such details was not mandatory under the law. But on the unanimous insistence of the members and to make sure that the transparency on part of ECP is vital the secretary said the assets details of the parliamentarians would be posted back on the website at the earliest.

The meeting was informed that European Union Electoral Follow-up Mission had submitted its final report to the Chairman of the PCER.

The report was introduced in the committee, which referred it to the sub-committee for review and appropriate action.

The committee also took note of the difficulties being faced by public due to blocking of their CNICs for various reasons and appointed a sub-committee with Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, MNA, as its convener to examine all complaints relating to blocked CNICs with a view to ensuring that these are regularised as early as possible. The sub-committee would present its report to the main committee within a month.

During the meeting, the 6th report of the sub-committee of PCER after their 55th meeting was presented by Zahid Hamid. The meeting was informed that the draft of the unified electoral law as well as the related rules have been finalized, and currently are under final review. Once passed by the Parliament after due process, the unified election law and the rules will form the Election Manual.