(b) after sub-section (3), amended as aforesaid, the following new sub-section shall be added, namely:-
“(4) A candidate shall, by a statement, explain the particulars of any election expense supported by receipts and voucher of payments made thereof, except where the amount is less than five hundred rupees.”
9. Amendment of section 29, Act LI of 1975.- In the said Act, in section 29, in sub-section (1), after the words” contesting candidates”, the commas and words”, other than a returned candidates,” shall be inserted.
10. Amendment of section 43, Act LI of 1975.- In said Act, in section 43, in sub-section (2), for the words comma, figures, brackets and letter “Evidence Act, 1872 (I of 1872)” the words comma, figures, brackets and letters “Qanun-e-Shahadat Order, 1984 (P.O.No. X of 1984)” shall be substituted.
11. Amendment of section 48, Act LI of 1975.- In the said. Act, in section 48, after sub-section (1), the following new sub-section shall be inserted, namely:-
“(1A) The trial of the election petition shall proceed day to day and the decision thereof shall be taken by the Tribunal within four months from the date of its receipt from the Commissioner:
Provided that where the delay in the proceedings is occasioned by any act or omission of a returned candidate or any other person acting on his behalf, the Tribunal may refer to the Commission that such candidate may be declared to have ceased to perform the functions of his office either till the conclusion of the proceedings or for such period as the Commission may direct.”.
12. Insertion of new section 56A, Act LI of 1975.- In the said Act, after section 56, the following new section shall be inserted, namely:-
“56A. Additional powers of the Tribunal.- (1) If a Tribunal is, on the basis of any material coming to its knowledge from any source or an information laid before it, of the opinion that a returned candidate was a defaulter of loan, taxes, Government dues or utility charges, or has submitted a false or incorrect
declaration regarding the payment of loans, taxes, Government, dues or utility charges, or has submitted a false or incorrect statement of assets and liabilities of his own, spouse and dependents, under section 11, it may, its own motion or otherwise, call upon any such candidate to show cause why his election should not be declared void and, if it is satisfied that such candidate is a defaulter or has submitted false or incorrect declaration as aforesaid, it may, without prejudice to any order that may, be, or has been, made on an election petition, or any other punishment, penalty or liability which such candidate may have incurred under this Act or under any other law for the time being in force, make an order-
(i) declaring the election of the returned candidate to be void; or
(ii) declaring the election or the returned candidate to be void any other contesting candidate to have been duly elected.
(2) If on examining the material or information referred to in sub-section (1), a Tribunal finds that there appear reasonable grounds for believing that a returned candidate is a defaulter or has submitted false or incorrect declaration referred to in sub-section (1), it may, pending decision of the motion under sub-section(1), direct that the result of the returned candidate shall not be published in the official Gazette.
(3) No order under sub-section (1) or sub-section
(2) shall be made unless the returned candidate has been provided an opportunity or being heard.”
13. Amendment of section 58, Act LI of 1975.- In the said Act, in section 58, after clause (a) the following new clause shall be inserted, namely:-
“(aa) files a false or incorrect declaration or statement under sub-section (2) of section 11;”.
14. Amendment of section 62, Act LI of 1975.- In the said Act, in section 62.
(i) for the words “two years” the words “five years” shall be substituted; and
(ii) for the words “five thousand rupees” the words” one hundred thousand rupees” shall be substituted.
15. Amendment of section 63, Act LI of 1975.- In the said Act, in section 63, in sub-section (2), for the words “fine which may extend to two thousand rupees” the words “imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and fine which may extend to five thousand rupees” shall be substituted.
16. Amendment of section 74, Act LI of 1975.- In the said Act, section 74 shall be re-numbered as sub-section (1) of that section and after sub-section (1) re-numbered as aforesaid, the following new sub-
sections shall be added, namely:-
“(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or any other law for the time being in force, the offences of corrupt practice shall be tried by the Sessions Judge and appeal against his order shall lie before a Division Bench of the High Court.
(3) Where a proceeding against a person for being involved in corrupt practice is initiated on a complaint made by a private individual, and such person is convicted by the court and his conviction is maintained in final appeal, the complainant may be entitled to such reward payable out of the amount of fine as may be imposed by the court:
Provided that where such complaint proves to be false, mala fide, or is made for any ulterior motive to provide benefit to another person, the complainant shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.”
17. Insertion of new section 75 A, Act LI of 1976.- In the said Act, after section 75, the following new section shall be inserted, namely:-
“75 A. Court proceeding relating to election expenses.- The Commissioner shall direct the Returning Officer to initiate proceeding in the appropriate court against the person who contravene the provisions of section 28 or fails to comply with the provisions of section 29.”
18. Amendment of section 78, Act LI of 1976.- In the said Act, in section 78, for clauses (a) to (f) the following shall be substituted, namely:-
(a) he is of unsound mind and has been so declared by a competent court; or
(b) he is an undischarged insolvent; or
(c) he ceases to be a citizen of
(d) he holds an office of profit in the service of
(e) he is in the service of any statutory body or anybody which is owned or controlled by the Government or in which the Government has a controlling share or interests; or
(f) he being a citizen of Pakistan by virtue of section 14B of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 (II of 1951), he is for the time being disqualified under any law in force in Azad Jammu and Kashmir from being elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir; or
(g) he is propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner, prejudicial to the Ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality, or the maintenance of public order, or the integrity or independence of the Judiciary or Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the Armed Forces of Pakistan; or
(h) he has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction on a charge of corrupt practice, moral turpitude or misuse of power or authority under any law for the time being in force; or
(i) he has been dismissed from the service of Pakistan or service of a corporation or office set up or controlled by the Federal Government, Provincial Government or a local government on the grounds of misconduct involving moral turpitude; or
(j) he has been removed or compulsorily retired from the service of Pakistan or service of a corporation or office set up or controlled by the Federal Government, Provincial Government or a local government on the grounds of misconduct involving moral turpitude; or
(k) he has been in the service of Pakistan or of any statutory body or any body which is owned or controlled by the Government or in which the Government has a controlling share of interest, unless a period of two years has elapsed since he ceased to be in such service; or
(l) he, whether by himself, or by any person or body of persons in trust for him or for his benefit or on his account or as a member of a Hindu undivided family, has any share or interest in a contract, not being a contract between a cooperative society and Government, for the supply of goods to, or for the execution of any contract or for the performance of any service undertaken by, Government:
Provided that the disqualification under this paragraph shall not apply to a person-
(i) where the share or interest in the contract devolves on him by inheritance or succession or as a legatee, executor or administrator, until the expiration of six months after it has so devolved on him;
(ii) where the contract has been entered into by or on behalf of a public company as defined in the Companies Ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984), of which he is a shareholder but is not a director holding an office of profit under the company; or
(iii) where he is a member of a Hindu undivided family and the contract has been entered into by any other member of that family in the course of carrying on a separate business in which he has no share or interests; or
Explanation.- In this Article, “goods” does not include agricultural produce or commodity grown or produced by him or such goods as he is, under any directive of Government or any law for the time being in force, under a duty or obligation to supply
(m) he holds any office of profit in the service of
(i) an office which is not whole time office remunerated either by salary or by fee;
(ii) the office of Lumbardar, whether called by this or any other title;
(iii) the Qaumi Razakars;
(iv) any office the holder whereof, by virtue of such office, is liable to be called up for military training or military service under any law providing for the constitution or raising of a Force; or
(n) he has been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for having absconded by a competent court under any law for the time being in force; or
(o) he has obtained a loan for an amount of two million rupees or more, from any bank, financial institution, cooperative society or cooperative body in his own name or in the name of his spouse or any of his dependents, which stands unpaid for more than one year from the due date, or has had such loan written off; or
(p) he or his spouse or any of his dependents has defaulted in payment of government dues and utility charges, including telephone electricity, gas and water charges of an amount in excess of ten thousand rupees, for over six months; or
(q) he is for the time being disqualified from being elected or chosen as a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) or of a Provincial Assembly under the Constitution or any law for the time being in force.”