NA panel green-lights bill on contesting polls

A status committee of the decrease residence of the parliament has given the inexperienced mild to a chunk of proposed rules in search of modification to the constitutional provision that permits a candidate to contest elections from a couple of constituencies.

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice on Wednesday accredited the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2023 which seeks to amend Article 223 of the Constitution.

Article 223 says nothing shall prevent a person from being a candidate for two or greater seats on the same time, whether in the same frame—legislature— or in distinctive bodies.

It, but, clarifies that if that person is elected to a couple of seat he shall, within a length of thirty days after the statement of the result for the final such seat, resign from all however certainly one of his seats.

“If he does not renounce, all the seats to which he has been elected shall become vacant on the expiration of the stated length of 30 days except the seat to which he has been elected ultimate…

“If he has been elected to more than one seat at the same day, the seat for the election to which his nomination turned into filed remaining [will be regarded as his seat],” the article provides.

Under the invoice moved by using Abdul Akbar Chitrali of the Jamaat-e-Islami, no candidate will be capable of contest election from more than two constituencies of the National Assembly or provincial assemblies.

When the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice—chaired by MNA Muhammad Bashir Virk—took up the invoice for discussion, Chitrali said a lot of cash is wasted while a candidate runs for election from multiple constituencies.

He said the Constitutions allows a person to report nomination papers at multiple constituencies but additionally makes it mandatory for that candidate to hold simplest one of the seats and vacate all others.

Chitrali stated this provision is extraordinary as it effects in big loss to the country wide exchequer and exploitation of other contestants and standard voters.

According to the constitutional modification invoice, it fees the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Rs20 million toRs25 million to keep elections at a constituency—Rs7 million are spent on printing poll papers, Rs3 thousands and thousands are incurred on transportation and RS13 million spent on election workforce.

The invoice says a candidate can be eligible to contest election on most seats at the identical time and could be prohibited from contesting election from greater than two constituencies.

If the candidate is elected to each seats, he may be obliged to surrender from one seat inside 30 days. After the expiry of the stated thirty days, one of the seats can be deemed vacated, it says.

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