ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued guidelines for candidates meaning to submit nomination papers to contest the overall elections, that are set to be held on February 8.
The instructions had been issued on Tuesday, a day earlier than the fee begins receiving nomination papers for nationwide and provincial assemblies seats.
The nomination papers could be filed between 8:30am and 4:30pm until Dec 22.
According to the guidelines, a candidate should be accompanied by two voters of the identical constituency who would suggest and second his nomination.
However, no particular person can turn into a proposer or seconder for multiple candidate.
Though there is no such thing as a bar on a candidate contesting elections from a number of constituencies, an individual could also be nominated in the identical constituency by no more than 5 nomination papers.
Candidates often submit a number of nomination papers from the identical constituency as cowl in case one will get rejected.
As per the guidelines, each nomination submitted by the candidate should be on a separate type, signed by each the proposer and the seconder.
The returning officer is not going to settle for the nomination papers from candidates if submitted with no charge of Rs30,000 for the National Assembly and Rs20,000 for the provincial meeting.
The quantity could be deposited by the candidate, or by any individual on their behalf, in money with the returning officer, via a financial institution draft drawn in favour of the RO, or deposited within the specified National Bank of Pakistan account, the receipt of which needs to be hooked up with the papers.
Other accompanying paperwork embrace candidates’ three-12 months earnings tax returns, financial institution transactions’ information as much as Dec 8, and copies of the passport.
The age of a candidate should not be lower than 25 years on the final date of submitting the nomination papers, i.e. Dec 22.
The candidate submitting papers for a National Assembly seat is usually a voter wherever within the nation, whereas these aspiring for a provincial meeting seat should have their vote registered within the stated province.
“A candidate of reserved seats for girls within the National Assembly should be enlisted as a voter within the province [concerned].”
The candidates are additionally certain to submit an affidavit together with nomination papers and particulars of the property of their dependents, together with their household.
Published in Dawn, December twentieth, 2023