Mechanism on cards to scrutinise: ECP
17 February, 2013
ISLAMABAD: In order to ensure corruption-free politics in the country, the Political Finance Wing of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will start functioning in March to scrutinise assets and liabilities of the contesting candidates.
ECP Additional Secretary Muhammad Afzal Khan will head the Wing that will investigate the income/expenditure and asset details of the elected members of the national and provincial assemblies as is being done in the neighbouring India and some other countries.
Talking to this correspondent here on Saturday, Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan said all was set for the constitution of the Wing and advertisements would soon be placed in the local newspapers for appointment of economic analysts and other officials.
Ishtiaq said a comprehensive mechanism, comprising officials of the NAB, Nadra, FBR and the State Bank of Pakistan, was being designed to scrutinise the asset details and other financial matters of the elected representatives and the contesting candidates and take action against those submitting fake and bogus details of assets.
According to sources, some influential politicians were opposing the government's move to authorize the ECP to scrutinise asset details of politicians, believing that it would create trouble for them.
However, contrary to the so-called reservations of these political heavyweights, Chief Election Commissioner Justice (R) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim has summoned a meeting at the ECP on Feb 19 to approve the new mechanism. Governor State Bank of Pakistan and chairmen NAB and Nadra will attend the meeting.