Last day for 189 ex-lawmakers to get their degrees verified


ISLAMABAD: Today is the last day for former lawmakers to get their dubious degrees verified by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), while over 150 former lawmakers have not yet submitted their degrees to the Commission, Geo News reported.

Supreme Court in fake degree case on April 1 had set April 5 deadline for the 189 former lawmakers to get their degrees verified and HEC was directed to issue fresh notices to these former parliamentarians.

SC order further said that if the lawmakers fail to get their degrees verified within the set deadline April 5, then their nomination papers as candidates in the May 11 elections would be rejected, as the candidates are bound to provide requisite correct information in the nomination papers. One-time disqualification for misstatement would be ineligibility forever besides action would also be taken against the former lawmakers for having provided wrong information.



ECP not to include ‘none of the above’ box in ballot papers


ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to defer inclusion of ‘none of the above’ box in ballot papers for the upcoming general elections.

According to the ECP sources, any changes could not be made in electoral process after the announcement of election schedule.

The ECP sources said that there are various legal complications in the inclusion of ‘none of the above’ box in ballot papers, however, it added that the advice to include the new box would remain valid in the future.