The Election Commission of Gilgit Baltistan (GBEC) has suspended the membership of 25 lawmakers including the Speaker GB Legislative Assembly and nine Provincial Ministers after they failed to submit statement of financial details and assets within a month deadline set by the Commission. The membership of Speaker GB Legislative Assembly, nine provincial ministers, leader of opposition, six chairmen of standing committees and the chairman public accounts community were also suspended and they would be unable to exercise their powers and functions until restoration of their membership by GBEC.
Election Commissioner GB, Abid Raza told a press conference here that contempt of court proceeding would be initiated in case the suspended lawmakers used their powers before restoration. Under the Representation of People Act, he said, Speaker and Secretary GB Legislative Assembly were informed through a letter dated September 15, 2017 with direction that all the members should submit statement of their financial assets within a month.
However, after expiry of the month deadline, 25 members of the legislative assembly including the Speaker, nine provincial ministers, leader of the opposition, six chairmen of standing committees and the chairman of public accounts committee have unable to submit statement of financial details and their membership was placed under suspension.—APP