Explainer: What does ECP serving show-cause notice to PTI entail?

Explainer: What does ECP serving show-cause notice to PTI entail?

A representational image of the Election Commission of Pakistan building. — Facebook/File

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday ruled that the PTI led by Imran Khan received funds from prohibited sources and issued a notice of cause, asking the party to explain why. Don’t freeze your funds.

So what happens when a party receives notice of the program?

ECP sources said agency problems show cause notices to a party under the Political Parties Ordinance, 2002, and give them the opportunity to explain and present their case. Thanks to this decision, the party has the ability to reveal itself before the assets are frozen.

Parties generally have 7 to 14 days to submit their response to the ECP.

In the event that the party has documentary evidence that shows it did not commit illegal acts, it has the right to present these documents to the election commission, the sources said.

If the party, according to sources, succeeds in convincing the election commission, through documents, that it is not accepting the prohibited funds, then the ECP can review its decision.

But if the ECP is not convinced, they will send referrals to the federalists who will then pursue the matter. The federal government, through investigation, will determine whether the contributions are of the foreign or prohibited category of donations.

If the government finds the reference to be genuine, the government has the power to confiscate the party’s coffers or dissolve it.

In addition, when prohibited funds are confiscated, a declaration of party dissolution is sent to the Supreme Court.

Final authority rests with the supreme court to approve or reject the declaration of party dissolution.

If the Supreme Court approves the declaration, the party will be dissolved and its members in the Provincial and National Councils removed.

 

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