ISLAMABAD   -   The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday reminded all members of the Parliament and Provincial Assemblies to submit their yearly statements of assets and liabilities on or before December 31, 2019. The ECP has also asked the lawmakers to submit the details of assets and liabilities of their spouses and dependent children as on preceding thirtieth day of June on Form-B. According to the statement issued by the ECP, it was a mandatory requirement under Section 137 of Elections Act 2017, under which members of Senate, National Assembly (NA) and Provincial Assemblies are required to submit the statements of their assets and liabilities with the Election Commission Secretariat including their spouses and dependent children.

The ECP explained that it will publish the names of the members who failed to submit the statements of assets & liabilities within the period specified in Sub-Section (1). The Commission shall on the 16th day of January; by an order suspend the membership of a Member of an Assembly and Senate who failed to submit the statements of Assets and Liabilities by 15th day of January and such member shall cease to function till the submission of statements of assets and liabilities.

The commission further said that where as a member submits the statement of assets and liabilities under this section which is found to be false in the material particulars, he may within one hundred and twenty days from submission of statement , to proceeded against for commiting the offence of corrupt practices.