ECP to start revision of electoral rolls from Monday

January 13, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is going to start the revision of electoral rolls in all provinces from Monday.

In a press release issued here on Saturday, the Commission said 7.3 million new voters will be registered in the campaign.

Offices of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and all provincial, regional and district level offices of Election Commission will remain open on weekend to review the existing electoral rolls. Earlier on Friday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) cancelled the enlistment of 284 political parties for the 2018 general elections from across the country, the body said in its recent notification.

According to ECP notification, the registration of 284 political parties has been cancelled after their failure to submit concern documents and their malfunction for long period as per the ECP’s newly inducted election act 2017.

The parties include, Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-S), MQM- Pakistan, PML-F, Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), National Party, Sunni Tehreek, Peoples Party Patriot and others.

The action was taken in pursuance of the Section 202(5) of Election Act 2017. Under Section 202(5), the de-listed political parties were asked to submit a list of two thousand registered members along with their signatures or thumb impressions as well as photocopies of ID cards till December 2, 2017. These political parties were also told to submit proof of depositing Rs 0.2 million in the government treasury.

Notification said that the parties, whose registration has been revoked can approach the Supreme Court within 30 days.

According to election act 2017 it is essential for each political party to submit details of 2000 workers to election commission annually along with submission of 200,000 registration fee. Only those parties were listed that fulfilled the necessary requirements made compulsory in Section 202(5). 284 political parties failed to follow the instructions, hence they were de-listed.

Overall 352 political parties have been registered with ECP and only 68 political parties have submitted details of their concern documents so far.