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ISLAMABAD: As the controversy over a meaningful scrutiny of nomination papers took a new turn with the Supreme Court approving an affidavit proposed by the Election Commission of Pakistan to make up for the missing information, the ECP on Wednesday directed all the candidates to submit the affidavit with the returning officers concerned.

The ECP announced that the nomination papers of those who failed to submit the same by June 11 would be deemed to have been rejected.

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The candidates will now have to solemnly affirm that no loan of Rs2 million or more has been obtained from any bank, financial institution, cooperative society or corporate body in their own name or their spouses or dependents, and that no loans were unpaid for more than one year or written off against a business concern mainly owned by them.

They will also testify that no business concern owned by them or their spouses or dependents was in default in the payment of government dues or utility charges, including telephone, electricity, gas and water charges of an amount in excess of Rs10,000, for over six months, at the time of filing of the nomination papers. They will also have to provide the names of their spouses and dependents.

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