The election authorities have asked political parties to file fresh applications for election symbols that will be used to contest the forthcoming polls.
In a press statement, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) directed all those parties that fulfill the provisions of the Political Parties Order, 2002 to submit their requests by March 15.
“The applications, duly signed by the respective party leader, should reach the Election Commission, Secretariat Islamabad, on or before March 15, 2013,” said the statement.
Additionally, the applications should contain the following information: the list of symbols applied for, in order of preference; the symbol(s) allocated during previous general elections; the address of the party’s head office; names of the president, secretary-general, and other office bearers of the central executive committee; and the numerical strength of members.
Other documents, including the election manifesto and a copy of the party’s constitution, must be filed alongside.
Furthermore, a party will also have to file certificates on whether it has conducted intra-party elections as required under Article 12 of the Political Parties Order, 2002, and whether it has been appropriately submitting its consolidated statements of accounts, audited by a chartered accountant.
According to ECP’s statement, the party head should inform the commission if the body was represented by members in the National Assembly or in a provincial assembly in the past. The names and other details of these persons must be provided.
The ECP explicitly said that incomplete applications and requests through fax will not be entertained. Moreover, parties that sent their applications prior to the issuance of these new directives will have to make fresh submissions.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2013.
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