103 parties yet to qualify for elections

February 14, 2013 - 12:00:00 am

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) are among 103 parties which still do not qualify to contest the coming elections as they have neither held party polls nor have disclosed their accounts.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) yesterday issued a list of the parties which had “not submitted the details of due intra-party elections”, as required under the Political Parties Order  of 2002.

It warned that parties failing to submit certificates of internal elections would not be entitled to obtain election symbols.

The list of the parties, out of 216 registered — which have failed to hold party elections includes the Balochistan National Party-A (BNP-A) and National Party (NP). 

The BNP-A held last party election in 2006 and the NP in May 2004.

The PML-Q, registered as PML, held its polls in July 2009 and an election has been due since July last year.

The last elections in the PTI and PAT were held in 2002 and 2006, according to ECP record.