ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked the members of the parliament and provincial assemblies to submit the yearly statements of assets and liabilities, including those of their spouse and dependent children, by December 31.
The submission of yearly statements of assets and liabilities of MPs, including their spouse and dependent children, is a mandatory requirement under Section 137 of the Elections Act, 2017. Under this section, every member of an assembly and Senate needs to submit to the commission, on or before December 31 each year, a copy of their statement of assets and liabilities, including assets and liabilities of their spouse and dependent children as on the preceding 13th day of June on Form B.
The commission can suspend the membership of any member of an assembly and senate, on the 16th of January, if they fail to submit the statements by the deadline and such members would cease to function till they file the required documents.
If a member submits the statement of assets and liabilities under this section, which is found to be false in material particulars, he/she may, within 120 days from the date submission of the statement, be proceeded against for committing the offence of corrupt practice.
The prescribed form along with instructions and guidelines prepared in this regard can be obtained free of cost from the Election Commission Secretariat Islamabad, offices of provincial election commissioners in each province, Senate Secretariat, National Assembly Secretariat, and secretariats of provincial assemblies. The form can also be downloaded from the ECP’s Website www.ecp.gov.pk.