Wednesday, 01 October 2014
The State Bank had to go to great lengths to reject the report of 2013 Election Observers that it did not provide timely data on candidates to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for scrutiny purposes. According to the SBP's Chief Spokesperson, "a mutually agreed reporting format mechanism was developed between SBP and ECP for scrutinising the nomination papers of contesting candidates for election 2013. The mechanism was finalised at the highest level in meetings with the ECP which were also attended by the Governor SBP". The Spokesperson asserted that SBP had provided complete information as agreed with the ECP and there was no deficiency or delay in supplying the required information. As per the arrangement, Returning Officers (ROs) were required to upload the particulars of the candidates contesting elections on the web portal of ECP for onward transmission to the SBP, which had to provide information about the defaults of contesting candidates within 24 hours. "SBP started receiving requests from ECP through an online system from March 26, 2013 and the process was completed on April 7, 2013 on a daily basis". It was further explained that the SBP had developed an online information portal for the smooth and efficient verification of data. Besides, special arrangements were made to depute officials exclusively for the purpose. The particulars of 24,286 candidates and their 110,972 family members were searched in e-CIB database and responses were uploaded without any delay. A Director level official of SBP was also deputed for co-ordination and on the spot resolution of any related matter. State Bank carried out its part of work in national interest, which was also lauded by Chief Election Commissioner on several occasions.