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MPP to move letter to ECP against 'suppression of candidates'.

MULTAN -- The Mustaqbil Pakistan Party (MPP) has written letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to apprehend "suppression of candidates" in the upcoming elections.

The letter will be handed over to ECP on March 22 containing some suggestions for avoiding suppression of candidates who intended to run for the election particularly hailing from small political parties.

Chairman MPP Nadeem Mumtaz Qureshi said the letter had been written to draw attention of the ECP about a serious matter of suppression of candidates on election day.

"We believe that this practice is dangerous for the democratic process in the many ways: First, it takes away the right of voters to select from the best candidates in the field, "the letter added.

And, second, it means that smaller parties whose candidates tend to be people of limited means can never gain a foothold in the country's politics," Nadeem said.

Giving some suggestions of the letter, the chairman MPP said, "If it emerges after the election, that any party has paid money to suppress a candidate of another party in a particular constituency then the election in that constituency should be declared null and void and a by-election be held.

The offending party, he suggested, should be disqualified from participating in the by-election.

Both candidates - from the offending party and also the candidate who has accepted a monetary payment to withdraw from the election - should be barred for life from any election in Pakistan.

The suppression will have a disproportionately large impact on small parties such as Mustaqbil Pakistan because the party only gives tickets to ordinary people of limited means, he added.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 22, 2013
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