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- Saturday, February 23, 2013 - From Print Edition




Despite strong opposition from the politicians, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalised the new nomination form and sent it to the Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs to seek approval from the president.


A senior ECP official told The News on Thursday that the Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs will place the form before the president for his final approval as the new form is required to be approved and printed before the announcement of the election schedule.


The new form that includes 15 key amendments to previous nomination papers is aimed at blocking bank defaulters and tax evaders from taking part in the elections, had drawn strong reaction from parliamentarians from both the government and opposition.


Under the proposed changes, all candidates are now required to declare their incomes for the past three years.


While speaking in the house on Wednesday, leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had termed the requirement of a three-year financial history a ‘mockery’.


The new nomination papers would require candidates to declare details of their foreign travels, payment of agriculture tax, besides declaring the number of dependents getting education abroad.


The candidates would also now have to fill in a declaration form regarding bank loans and taxes along with details of dependents.


All candidates would also have to submit details regarding their property, its actual value and market price and the number of passports they possess.


A former MPA or MNA would be required to provide details of the services he extended in his constituency during the past five years. New laws also require the candidates to reveal the amount spent for acquiring party tickets to contest the elections.


Moreover, details of donations made during his or her tenure as MPA or MNA would also be provided at the time of filing of nomination papers.