PPP has invited applications though advertisements in newspapers for the allotment of party tickets for the MNA and MPA seats for the ensuing general elections. The party has asked the aspirants to submit a bank draft of Rs 40,000 for the MNA ticket and Rs 30,000 for the MPA nomination also in the name of the party. However, the advertisement doesn’t say whether this amount is refundable or non-refundable. Also, the advertisement doesn’t say if these amounts will be ultimately paid to the CEC as their fees along with the nomination papers of the selected candidates.

It is commonly known that there are always a number of aspirants from a political party for each constituency and if the sums of Rs 40,000 and Rs 30,000 are not refunded to the non accepted candidates, or not paid as the fees to the ECP for the successful candidates, the party will collect huge amount on this count only. It is also commonly known that the Party ticket winning candidates otherwise too are expected to contribute generously to the tune of few million rupees towards the party funds. I hope the Election Commission takes due notice of such payments if it is deemed against the Electoral rules laid down by it.

COL RIAZ JAFRI (r),

Rawalpindi, February 25.