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Dual citizens cannot sit in assemblies: ECP

September 27, 2012

ECP’s Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday made it clear that dual citizens could neither sit in the assemblies and nor can they participate in the next elections, DawnNews reported.

During the consultative meeting of political parties in Election Commission, ECP’s Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan said that transparent elections are not possible without the support of political parties and that error-free voter lists are necessary for the elections.

Moreover, he added that strict actions would be taken against bogus voting.

The Secretary of ECP also said that until the election schedule is announced, the process of registration and maintenance of new voters will continue.

Moreover, according to the ECP, Balochistan National Assembly seats can be considered to increase.

Earlier, while addressing the meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim said that they cannot afford rigged elections.

Furthermore he added, that those who have dual citizenship will be able to vote in the next elections.

In the meeting, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Senator Farhatullah Babar, PML-N secretary general Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, MNA Maulana Attaur Rehman including 18 political party leaders were also present.