ECP starts accepting nomination papers

ECP starts accepting nomination papers

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday started accepting nomination papers for the general elections 2018 after the Supreme Court (SC) dismissed the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict for redrafting the document.

The election commission will continue to receive the nomination papers till June 8 and the initial list of candidates will be released on the same day, while dates for other developments regarding elections would remain unchanged.

According to a statement issued by ECP, the papers will be available both in Urdu and English language and the security fee for the National Assembly is Rs 30,000 while it is Rs 20,000 for provincial assembly seat.

The security fee will be confiscated if the candidate fails to secure 1/4th of total votes, said the commission.

On Friday, the LHC ruled that the nomination forms of the electoral candidates did not seek necessary information and declarations such as details on educational background, criminal record, and dual citizenship. The court ordered ECP to incorporate the requirements of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution to the nomination papers.

However, the SC, on Sunday, suspended the LHC’s verdict that nullified nomination forms of electoral candidates for the upcoming general elections.