Electoral Reforms In Pakistan
In spite of all the negativity and confusion created in democratic circles by the "crazy" Qadri, we may eventually see some worthwhile reforms during the upcoming elections in Pakistan........
They asked for 30 days, they might get 14. And so, a committee has proposed that the Election Commission of Pakistan should have only two weeks to pore over nomination papers of candidates who want to stand in the elections this year.
This stand was taken by the Senate subcommittee on electoral reforms on Tuesday after a debate. If it comes through this means that the commission will have half the time it needed to verify data from several departments.
Among its proposed election reforms, ECP has asked the Parliament to amend relevant laws in order to extend the period of scrutiny for nomination papers.
In what appears to be the first practical attempt to discourage tax evaders and loan defaulters from taking part in elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to ask for prospective candidates’ National Tax Numbers (NTN) in their nomination forms.
In a meeting with the commission on Wednesday, officials from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) also agreed to extend full cooperation in preventing offenders from contesting the elections.
“During the meeting, FBR’s team assured the ECP that the board shall extend its full cooperation in the forthcoming elections,” read a statement by the commission’s media office.