ISLAMABAD - Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to suspend membership of those parliamentarians who have dual nationality as per the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan, after following due process of law. This was stated by Secretary ECP Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan on Tuesday. He was giving details of the meeting held between ECP and political parties to discuss the proposed reformation of the commission. If anybody ceases to be the citizen of Pakistan or acquires nationality of any other state, he ceases to be the member of Majlis-e-Shura or Parliament of Pakistan, Ishtiaq said quoting Article 63 of the Constitution to substantiate his statement regarding the disqualification of dual nationality holder parliamentarians. He said during the meeting, the proposal to include a column in the electoral nomination papers, in order to determine whether a parliamentarian or a politician has dual nationality, came into discussion. He said the National Assembly had already taken up the issue of dual nationality while ECP was collecting data about the dual nationality holder parliamentarians whose details would be sent to Law Ministry. From the media briefing of the secretary, it appeared that the fate of local governments would continue to hang in balance as he ducked queries on the schedule of LG elections, giving no timeframe in this regard. The 18th Amendment empowers ECP to conduct LG elections. Uniformity of laws about LGs in the provinces is very important in this regard. We discussed these issues in todays meeting, he said avoiding to give any pertinent details about the governments intention to hold LG polls any time sooner. Ishtiaq said the delimitation of the constituencies would be done after census in September this year. The meeting also discussed to devise a joint mechanism by Election Commission of Pakistan, Attorney General of Pakistan and Federal Board of Revenue for the detailed scrutiny and verification of politicians assets. The meeting also discussed increasing the limit of expenditure incurred on election campaigns from Rs1.5 million to Rs5 million for National Assembly polls and from Rs1 million to Rs3 million for provincial assemblies elections, he said. Besides, he added, the suggestion to increase the electoral fee of independent candidates upto Rs100,000 was also discussed. He said as many as 3,000 personnel from Establishment Division would perform duties on the eve of the polls while ECP had requested the Supreme Court for the appointment of judicial officers to monitor the polls. About fake degrees, Ishtiaq said 16 cases had lately been sent to Higher Education Commission and eight of them had been cleared. Major political stakeholders - the ruling PPP and opposition PML (N) - did not participate in the meeting. The leaders of both the parties were reportedly engaged in bilateral meetings.