PESHAWAR: There are only 50 political parties out of 345 total registered political parties, which are presently fulfilling the rules and regulations of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to contest the general elections 2018.
Official sources in ECP told APP on Thursday the total registered political parties in the country was 345 against which only 50 political parties were presently fulfilling the rules and regulations of the ECP to contest 2018 general elections.
Out of 345 political parties, election symbols were issued to 183 political parties, however, only 50 political parties were currently fulfilling the ECP’s rules and regulations and are eligible to contest general elections 2018.
Nearly 120 political parties out of 183, which were issued elections symbols, had failed to conduct intra-parties elections from 2004 to August 11, 2017.
The official sources said prominent political parties, which did not fulfill ECP’s rules and regulations include Pakistan Awami Tahrik of Dr Tahirul Qadri, All Pakistan Muslim League of former President Gen Retd Pervez Musharraf, Jamhori Watan Party of late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, Pakistan Peoples Party (Shaheed Bhutto) of Ghunwa Bhutto, Pakistan Awami Raaj of MNA Jamshed Dasti, Awami Workers Party of Fanus Gujar and Christians Progressive Movement.
Majority of political parties that did not fulfill ECP’s rules and regulations belonged to Punjab as majority of it have neither regional offices nor party?s accounts.
As per ECP’s rules and regulations, only those political parties that fulfill ECP’s criteria, rules and regulations can only take part in upcoming general elections.
A total of 18 political parties have been registered on different names and types of Muslim League, nine types of Peoples Party and others.
Following 2013 general elections, only the candidates of 18 political parties prominent among PMLN, PPP, PTI, MQM, ANP, QWP, JI and PKMAP had reached to National Assembly.
The members of seven political parties have reached to KP Assembly, nine in Punjab Assembly, seven in Sindh Assembly, eight in Balochistan and 14 in Senate.
The ratio of votes secured by the small political parties contested 2013 general elections on symbols, remained only 0.03percent by bagging hardly 10000 votes.
The office bearers of small political parties and all those not full filing ECP’s rules and regulations told APP that their parties were working for its re-organization to make it organized and active and would be made eligible in all respect before 2018 general elections.—APP