ECP tells 130 parties to hold intra-party polls
13 February, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday directed 103 political parties to hold intra-party polls otherwise they would not be allowed to contest the upcoming general elections.
The election commission also asked 61 parties to submit asset declarations with it. According to the election commission officials, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan Muslim League-Q and Tahirul Qadri's Awami National Party are amongst the major political parties that have not yet conducted the intra-party polls. The election commission noted that 61 parties have not yet submitted their assets and directed them to do so immediately.
In its order, the ECP warned that the parties who did not hold intra-party polls could not participate in the general elections. The commission directed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan Muslim League- Quaid, Pakistan Awami Tehreek, BNP, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Qaumi Watan Party and others to hold party elections. The direction was given in a high-level meeting of the ECP in Islamabad. The ECP also directed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to conclude its polls before the prescribed time.
The commission led by Fakhruddin G Ebrahim also issued names of 91 political outfits who had not submitted the details of the party assets. According to sources, the ECP is also mulling giving voting rights to people who migrated from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) during the ongoing army operation against the militants.