ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is in a fix over how to get rid of those political parties which neither contest elections nor enjoy the public support.

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As per the existing law, the ECP is bound to register any political party that applies for the registration irrespective of its political agenda or public support, thus making Pakistan one of the leading countries in terms of its registered political parties .

Sources told The Nation on Thursday that Election Commission of Pakistan is mulling to recommend the government legislation after securing a consolidated statement of accounts of all the political parties registered with it later this month.

The move comes after the government lodged an FIR and arrested head of ‘Move on Pakistan’ party. 

The Commission yesterday once again drew attention of Political Parties to the provisions of Article 13 of the Political Parties Order, 2002 which provides that every political party shall submit to the Election Commission, within 60 days from the close of each financial year, a consolidated statement of accounts of the party, duly audited by a Chartered Accountant.

According to the ECP statement, a certificate signed by the party leader must accompany the statement of accounts stating that –( a) no funds from any source prohibited under the Political Parties Order, 2002, were received by the party; and (b) the statement contains an accurate financial position of the party.

ECP’s printed Forms are available free of cost in the Election Commission Secretariat, Islamabad and in the offices of Provincial Election Commissioners, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

The statements are required to be delivered to the Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan in the Election Commission Secretariat, Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad through an office-bearer of the party, duly authorised by the party leader. Under rule 11 of the Political Parties Rules, 2002, the statements received through post, fax, courier service or any other mode will not be entertained.

According to ECP no party under Article 14 of the Political Party Order, 2002, will be eligible to obtain election symbol for contesting elections for Majils-e-Shoora (Parliament) and Provincial Assemblies if it failed to submit its statement of accounts under Article 13.