ECP forfeits security deposit of 92% candidates over low votes

PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that 92% candidates have to forego the security deposit submitted as they all failed to secure the required votes from the total ballots cast in the constituency.

A total of 285 candidates have contested the July 20 election in tribal districts. Besides 16 winning candidates, only 7 other contestants could manage to obtained more than one-eighth votes to protect their security deposit.

The deposit will not be refunded to a candidate who has received less than one-fourth of the total number of votes cast. According to Section 43 of the Representation of People Act 1976, any candidate who fails to get one-eighth (12.5 per cent) of the total votes cast in a constituency from where they contested the polls, would have to forego the security deposit.

Those only 7 defeated candidates whose security deposit will not be confiscated by the ECP are independent candidate for PK-108 Kurram 1 Jamil Khan, Inayat Ali Tori of PK-109 Kurram 2, Assam Uddin of JUIF who has contested polls on PK-113 North Waziristan, Independent candidate on PK-114 North Waziristan Arif Wazir, and PTI’s Abid Ur Rahman PK-115 former Frontier Region.

In the first-ever election for KP assembly in newly merged districts seven independents candidates, five Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), two Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-F (JUI-F), one Jamat-e-Islami and one by Awami National Party obtained victory.

The PTI has contested the election on all the 16 seats in which 10 candidates’ security deposits have been confiscated. While on the JUIF ticket only one candidate has lost his a security deposit.

The Awami National Party has contested the election on 15 seats but could manage to win only one seat in Mohmand while the security deposits of all its remaining candidates have been confiscated by the ECP for failure to obtain at least 12.5 per cent votes. The security of all PPP, QWP, and PML-N, as well as two JI candidates, have also been confiscated by the election commission of Pakistan.