Elections Bill 2017 amended: Disqualified person cannot hold party office

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Elections Bill 2017 amended: Disqualified person cannot hold party office

ISLAMABAD: An amendment to clause 203 of the Elections Bill 2017, barring a disqualified person from heading a political party, was approved by the Senate on Monday.

The Elections Bill 2017’s clause 203 pertains to membership of political parties, which allows every citizen to have the right to form or be a member or office-bearer of a political party, despite the person being out of the service of Pakistan.

However, the amendment tabled in the Senate suggests that a person who is not eligible to become a member of the Parliament cannot head a political party.

The government opposed the amended bill with Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid expressing reservations.

However, the bill was passed with a clear majority of 49, including leaders from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, voting in favour of the amendment.

Earlier in the Senate , on October 11, a resolution was passed on the same matter.

The resolution was presented by Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan, stating that a person who is not eligible to become a member of the Parliament or has been disqualified cannot lead any political party.

The step was taken against the approval given to ousted premier Nawaz Sharif to head the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, after amendments were made to the Elections Bill, 2017.

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