After Vawda Disqualification, ECP Amends Candidates’ Affidavit

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Because of the controversy surrounding the expulsion of former PTI leader Faisal Vawda, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has revised its affidavit for elections candidates.

In next elections for the Senate and assembly, candidates will be required to present the updated affidavit.

The membership will be cancelled if the election papers include false information, thus a fresh affidavit has been filed to account for this possibility.

This new affidavit must be filed with the electoral commission by all candidates running for office.

Election candidates will also be required to provide information on any foreign passports they own in sworn affidavits.

The ECP has sent the updated affidavit to the election commissioners in all four provinces.

In its ruling on Faisal Vawda’s disqualification case, the Supreme Court of Pakistan reversed the lifetime ban and pronounced him unable to serve in the assembly until the end of the present term.

Umar Ata Bandial, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, issued a four-page directive. The decision states that Faisal Vawda admits he lied to the court when he said he had obtained the document cancelling his dual nationality on June 25, 2018.

The highest court determined that Vawda is unable to serve in the assembly until the end of its present term. The future elections, however, will be open to him.

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