Islamabad Politics Report/Allahdad Sadique: A five member larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has declared for candidates mandatory the submission of an affidavit along with nomination papers.
The bench directed the ECP to prepare the specimen of the affidavit and present before the court.
The court said that the existing nomination papers will stay in place and the affidavit to be submitted by the candidates will carry the additional information.
The chief justice once again made it clear that the general elections will not be delayed and these will be held as per the schedule.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar during today’s hearing asked the ECP to draft the affidavits containing columns for the missing information by midnight, reasserting that the court would not allow any delays in the elections scheduled for July 25.
“We need completely clean people [to contest] in the elections,” Justice Nisar said, warning that contempt proceedings would follow if incorrect information was submitted.
He asked Ayaz Sadiq’s lawyer what details about the candidates was he attempting to hide with the new forms and why the people were being kept in the dark about vital information regarding their candidates.
The chief justice noted that the court still wants the new forms mandated by the parliament to be used but also wants the omitted details to be included via an affidavit which every candidate would have to now submit.
The affidavits would have to be submitted within three days, the court ruled.
The CJP also said that an implementation bench would be formed on how to conduct the elections and the court would itself ensure that election rules regarding expenditure and banner sizes are followed.
He noted that the date of scrutiny may have to be extended because of the additional affidavits.
The five-member larger bench raised questions on the maintainability of the petition filed by Sadiq but stopped short of giving a decision on the matter.
It noted that an intra-court appeal should have first been filed against the single member LHC decision rather than the SC being directly approached.