ECP Issues Nomination Paper Guidelines for General Elections 2024
Guidelines for candidates wishing to file nomination papers to run in the general elections, scheduled for February 8, have been released by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Tuesday, the day before the commission begins to receive nomination papers for seats in the national and provincial parliament, saw the issuance of the directives.
Up until December 22, nomination papers may be submitted between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
A candidate must be accompanied by two voters from the same constituency who would propose and second his candidature, according the guidelines.
Nobody, though, is allowed to propose or second more than one candidate.
In the event that one of their nomination papers is rejected, candidates typically submit multiple ones from the same constituency.
In compliance with the criteria, each nomination that the candidate makes needs to be on a distinct form that is signed by the proposer and the seconder.
Nomination papers submitted by candidates without a fee of Rs 20,000 for the provincial assembly and Rs 30,000 for the national assembly will not be accepted by the returning officer.
The candidate or anybody acting on their behalf may deposit the funds in cash with the returning officer, by means of a bank draft made payable to the RO, or in the designated National Bank of Pakistan account. The receipt for the latter should be included with the application materials.
The candidates’ three-year income tax returns, bank transaction records through December 8, and copies of their passports are among the other supporting documentation.
A candidate must be at least 25 years old by December 22, which is the deadline for submitting nomination papers.
Candidates filing papers for a National Assembly seat can be citizens of any province in the nation, however candidates running for a provincial assembly seat need to be registered voters in that province.
“A candidate for one of the National Assembly’s reserved seats for women must be registered to vote in the province in question.”
In addition to the nomination papers and information on the assets of their dependents, including their families, the candidates must also submit an affidavit.