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ISLAMABAD:(APS) April 18, 2016-Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired the 15th meeting of Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms (PCER) at Parliament House.

 The Committee was informed that European Union Electoral Follow-up Mission, had submitted its final report, to the Chairman of the PCER, through the EU Ambassador on Saturday, 16th April, 2016.

The Report was introduced in the Committee, which referred it to the Sub-Committee for review and appropriate action.

The meeting took note of the matter regarding removal of Parliamentarians’ assets details from Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) website. The Secretary ECP informed the Committee that the Commission had observed that posting of such details was not required by the law. The Members of the Committee unanimously recommended to the ECP that in the interest of transparency the assets details of the parliamentarians be posted back on the website at the earliest.

The Committee also took note of the difficulties being faced by public due to blocking of their CNICs for various reasons and appointed a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Mr. Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, MNA to examine all complaints relating to blocked CNICs with a view to ensuring that these are regularized as early as possible. The Sub-Committee would present its report to the main Committee within a month.

During the meeting 6th report of the sub-committee of PCER after their 55th meeting, was presented by  Mr. Zahid Hamid. The meeting was informed that the draft of the unified electoral law as well as the related rules have been finalized, and currently are under final review. Once passed by the Parliament after due process, the unified election law and the rules will form the Election Manual.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on the occasion thanked all the members for their active participation in the deliberations of the Committee and hoped that they would keep contributing their best for bringing improvement and transparency in the electoral system of the country.

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