Dual nationality will debar from contesting elections- Election Commission

Election Commission of Pakistan Secretary Ishtiak Ahmed Khan has said that the commission has declared individuals with dual nationally ineligible to take part in elections.
The commission has issued a directive to returning officers for ensuring its strict implementation and obtaining a declaration on oath in this connection from all the persons filing their nomination papers for an election to a seat in the parliament or provincial assembly.
Khan said the ECP has, according to Article 63-1(c) of the Constitution read with Section 99 (1A) (c) of the Representation of the People Act 1976, observed that the law disqualifies such people from being elected, or chosen as, and from being a member of the Parliament, if he/she ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan or acquires the citizenship of a foreign state.
Article 63(1) of the Constitution says: “A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan or acquires the citizenship of a foreign state.”
This provision of the Constitution is being implemented for the first time in the Senate by-election in KP, for which the nomination papers are to be submitted on Tuesday and Wednesday (December 20 & 21) and the polling will take place on January 4 next at Provincial Assembly Building, Peshawar.

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