Only 71 of over 1,100 lawmakers have submitted statements of assets so far

Published: September 7, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: With less than three weeks till the deadline on annual statements of assets expires, only 71 of about 1,174 lawmakers across the country have so far filed details of their assets to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

On Monday, the ECP sent another reminder to members of Parliament and the four provincial assemblies, to submit their annual statements of assets before September 30.

Read: Lawmakers asked to submit asset details

This is a mandatory requirement under Section 42A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 and Section 25A of the Senate (Election) Act, 1975 that entails that every member of Senate, National Assembly and provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan is required to submit to the ECP yearly Statements of Assets and Liabilities of their own, their spouse and dependents by September 30, 2015.

Like every year, however, the top electoral body has once again been receiving a lacklustre response from legislators.

It has been observed that members, disregarding deadlines, only submit these statements as a formality. Even the ECP has no mechanism to verify the statements, and publishes them often for media consumption only.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • vicktor d'souza
    Sep 7, 2015 - 7:31PM

    Great role-models’ for the rest of the country to follow ! Had this been in a country like UK or the US, all these people would have some ‘splaining to do lest they don’t face 10 years in the slammer.Recommend

  • Munir
    Sep 7, 2015 - 11:00PM

    Most amusing is that those who bother to file the details are plain ridiculous. Billionaires would declare no cars and no houses. People who have interests in sugar, cotton and rice mills would appear pauper before the house.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Sep 8, 2015 - 1:51AM

    All those who fail to submit details of assets be transferred to Adiala or given in custody of NAB. The assets so declared be given to media and online so that every one scrutinizes the declaration. 50% of hidden and undeclared assets be given to the individual who traces the such assets.Recommend

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