Sheikh Rasheed moves IHC over declarations deleted in Elections Act 2017
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed on Thursday filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) challenging the removal of declarations on oath which were mandatory for a candidate in the past in the newly-passed law, Elections Act 2017.
The petitioner stated in its plea that he doesn’t want to create hurdles in the elections but he was against the declarations deleted in the newly-passed Election Act 2017.
The court issued notices to all the respondents including Attorney General.
Earlier, following the amendments made in the Election Act 2017 in the name of electoral reforms, there would be no need to declare if the aspiring and incumbent public representatives were tax evaders, loan defaulters, facing criminal charges or dual nationals.
As many as 19 declarations on oath including tax record, profession, education and loan which were compulsory for a candidate in the past have been deleted in the newly-passed law, Elections Act 2017.
The declarations deleted from the Election Act 2017 also include nationality of the aspiring candidates, properties, income and cases registered against them.
According to the documents obtained by the 92 News, the candidates would now be bound to provide property and income record.