ACC to scrutinise polls contestants’ affidavits: Iqbal

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:42, Jan 09,2019 | Updated: 16:07, Jan 09,2019

 
 

Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Iqbal Mahmood talks to reporters on Tuesday.-- New Age photo

The Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Tuesday said that the commission would take action against the contestants of 11th parliamentary polls held on December 30, if any anomaly is found after scrutinising the affidavits of the people.
Some 1,861 people including 1,733 partisan contested in the elections and all of them submitted their affidavits along with nomination papers to the Election Commission. The people mentioned their earnings and wealth in their affidavits.
Talking to the reporters at the commission premises, the commission chairman said that its action would be visible and transparent as it will take decision on the matter after January 16.

‘We have already collected some information. And we are working to sift out the people who earned money illegally,’ he said.
He also said that the EC plans to emphasise its anti-corruption move focusing on the financial sector within the next two months.
For some strategic concern the commission failed to work drawing full strength in the past three months.
Replying to a question, he said that probes into the much talked Basic Bank scam and other irregularities in the banking sector would now be made visible within the set time.
He said the commission would strengthen its surveillance on all the recruitments, tender and development processes in the government sector to check corruption.
‘We want to ensure effectiveness of our anti-corruption drives by increasing our efficiency. It is our new year resolution, a promise to the nation,’ he added.
He said that the commission has nothing to say about the new government but is happy to see the government use its political mandate to curb corruption.
‘The political will of the government to curb corruption augurs well for the nation. To implement the promise of the government the commission would do everything ignoring all the political barriers,’ he added.
Replying to a question, he said that the commission would take necessary steps if any complaint is filed against any incumbent or former ministers.
The commission would adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to prevent corruption in the financial sector and it would give its highest effort to prevent all irregularities in the sector.

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