Only 26 of 282 registered political parties submit asset details to ECP

ECP says did not receive details from PAT, PTI, PML-Q


Web Desk August 30, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Only 26 of the 282 registered political parties submitted details of their accounts and assets for the last financial year to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Express News reported on Saturday.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Awami Muslim League (AML) and Awami Watan Party (AWP) were among the parties that submitted their details.

However, the ECP said it did not receive details from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) did not submit their asset details. The ECP said that election symbols will not be allotted to the parties that have not submitted their details.

On July 4, the ECP had asked all registered political parties to submit details of their accounts and assets for the last financial year by August 29.

Every year, the ECP seeks details from political parties about their annual income, source of funding and details of assets. The practice, started in 2002, has never been more than a formality as the ECP has never verified details submitted by political parties and there is no mechanism within the ECP to cross-check details.

Article 13 of the Political Parties Order, 2002, ascribes that every political party should submit their financial records to the election commission within 60 days of the close of each financial year.

Correction: An earlier version of the story mistakenly stated that MQM did not submit its asset details. The error is regretted.

COMMENTS (4)

Pakp | 7 years ago | Reply

Corrupt Ministers supported By Corrupt Supporters.

Fawad | 7 years ago | Reply

There is a huge difference between just submitting the details and submitting the correct details. This difference is the same as conducting Intra party elections, which ironically every Pakistani party claims to do and conducting genuine Intra party elections which PTI at least tried to do. There is no use in both these cases if it is not 'genuine' and ECP does not differentiate between genuine and fake.

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