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Submission of affidavits mandatory with nomination papers, rules SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday ruled that election candidates intending to contest the upcoming general elections will have to submit affidavits along with their nomination papers.

A five-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, declared that it is mandatory for electoral candidates to submit affidavits along with nomination papers.

The bench was hearing a case pertaining to nomination papers in Islamabad today. It further directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to prepare a specimen of the affidavit and present it before the court.

The apex court said that the existing nomination papers will remain unchanged and affidavits to be submitted by candidates will carry additional information.

The chief justice once again made it clear that the general elections will not be delayed which will be held as per the schedule.

He said the apex court suspended a Lahore High Court ruling that had stricken down the new nomination forms as an interim relief, but election candidates will have to submit affidavits.

Last week, the LHC set aside the new nomination forms, approved by parliament through the Election Act 2017, and directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to start the process of issuing nomination forms afresh after improving them with addition of necessary details about candidates who will contest the elections.

The Supreme Court on Sunday suspended the verdict, allowing the ECP to issue the new nomination forms.

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