30% Of National Assembly Candidates Are Not Even Registered Tax-payers

According to a recent report by FAFEN (Free and fair election network), 30 percent candidates for national assembly are not even registered taxpayers with Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). As mentioned on ECP (election commision of Pakistan) website, data of 5806 candidates for NA was scrutinized. A total of 5073 candidates have filed nomination papers as per ECP.

In a rather surprising report in accordance with FAFEN data, FIA reveals that 88 candidates are dual nationals. 209 nominated candidates are defaulters of a total Rs. 3.901 billion to SNGPL (Sui Nothern Gas Pipelines Limited). Not just this, 1195 candidates are defaulters to PTCL (Pakistan Telecommunication Limited) of a total Rs. 12.384 million.

Moreover, 115 candidates for 105 seats, one minority seat and 8 seats reserved for women acquired bank loans that were either overdue or written off. Returning officers concluded the scrutiny of the nomination papers of aspiring candidates for General Elections 2018 during the month of June. While the time to accept appeals on the rejection of nomination papers has already expired on June 26.

Election Commision also made the available information about candidates publically available. The information was deduced after consulting with NAB (National Accountability Bureau), FBR (Federal Board of Revenue), FIA (Federal Investigation Agency)  and SBP (State Bank of Pakistan).

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Along with Publically releasing all the details, assets, liabilities and affidavits, submitted by the aspiring NA members on its own website, NAB also reported corruption cases against 10 candidates. 5 of them have been previously convicted, 1 entered into a plea bargain with a bureau while the other 2 are currently under trial in the accountability courts.

The report also stated that a total of 13 electoral incidents have been reported in the month of June alone, taking the stats at 59 since April.

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