Dawn - Thursday August 31, 2017
"Political parties that did not submit their financial records before the final submission date [August 29] will not be allowed to contest any future elections, neither will they be assigned election symbols," The Election Commission Pakistan issued a notice to the political parties who are banned to not showing their financial assets.
The ban will remain until the political parties submit the details of their financial assets. The spokesman from ECP Haroon Shinwari said, "If a party submits the financial details at a later stage, it will become eligible to contest election."
345 Political parties are registered with ECP. But the financial details are submitted by only 31 political parties. Some well-known political parties has not submitted their finances, it includes Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), PML-Zia, PML-Junejo and Pakhutunkhwa Mili Awami Party.
The Political Parties Order 2002, according to the article 14 the parties who did not show their financial assets could not be entitled for the Elections. The article 13 will make them unfit for the elections, parties could not grant the contest symbol for the Parliament and Provincial assemblies Seat.
Within 60 days of the close of the financial year, the all political parties must submit their financial records Form-1 duly checked by the Chartered Accountant, ECP told Dawn.