ISLAMABAD - The Senate Special Committee on Election Affairs on Monday approved the draft report on electoral reforms to be put up for legislation but skipped any recommending on several key electoral points.
The Special Committee met under the Chairmanship of Senator Jehangir Bader at the Parliament House. It reviewed the draft report on electoral reforms and finalised it following which all the Committee members approved the final draft of these recommendations. The report would be sent to the Law Division for necessary action in order to take it up for the legislation in the Parliament. The Panel totally skipped any recommendation for legal action against dozens of fake-degree holder lawmakers that are believed to be part of the present Parliament. Moreover, there is no recommendation in the report on proceeding against those legislators whose degrees are declared as fake by the Higher Education Commission and subsequent First Information Reports (FIRs) are registered against them.
Furthermore, instead of recommending to increase the scrutiny period for the candidates nomination papers regarding general polls from seven to thirty days, the Committee ended up recommending to increase the scrutiny period from seven to fourteen days only.
It also recommended reducing the fee for contesting National Assembly elections from fifty thousand rupees to Rs 8000. The fee is required to be submitted by the candidates contesting the NA polls at the time of filing their nomination papers.