The parliamentary committee on electoral reforms finalised ‘The Election Bill, 2017’ on Wednesday with dissenting notes by five political parties. Talking to newsmen after the approval Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who is the chairperson of the committee expressed that the bill will formally be signed on July 21 (Friday) by the committee for its onward submission to parliament for approval. “Nine major election laws have been merged in The Election Bill, 2017 as per best international practices, with the input of all political parties having representation in parliament,” Dar said.
He said the bill had been finalised in less than two years and every political party had given its input in the proposed legislation for a broader consensus.
The lawmaker said the parliamentary committee conducted as many as 90 sessions and added that the bill was drafted after taking advice from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).