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ECP issues elections code of conduct


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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday issued a final code of conduct pertaining to the upcoming general elections, DawnNews reported.

The code does not permit the president, the prime minister, federal ministers, governors, chief ministers, provincial ministers and other public office holders to participate in election campaigns "in any manner whatsoever".

The election commission prepared the document, comprising of 40 points, after concluding consultations with political parties.

The rules also restricts political parties from encouraging or entering into any kind of agreement debarring women from becoming candidates for an election or exercising their right of vote in an election. It further says that political parties should "encourage women to participate" in the election process.

It moreover says that all contesting candidates and their supporters are to avoid all activities which are offences under the election laws, such as bribing of voters, intimidation as well as canvassing within 400 yards of a polling station, including setting up of camps.

Furthermore, wall chalking as part of an election campaign has also been prohibited. Whereas, use of loudspeaker would also not be allowed for election campaigns, "except at election meetings".

The code also makes it mandatory for candidates to specify a bank account for election expenses and they are also expected to keep records in this regard.

Also, the rules require all political parties and candidates to "firmly restrain their workers from exerting undue pressure against the print and electronic media".

Moreover, the commission has also imposed a ban on display of weapons and fire arms in public meetings and processions "as well as on the polling day” and until 24 hours after the consolidation of official results by the Returning Officer".

The commission's code of conduct also states that violation of the rules and regulations by a candidate may also result in his or her disqualification.

Comments (8) Closed

abbastoronto Jan 29, 2013 11:53am
M. Asghar Jan 29, 2013 11:40am
The ECP is moving in the right direction in a clear and accountable manner to ensure free and fair elections in the country.
DUBAAKORU Jan 29, 2013 11:18am
So, where is the CARE TAKER (neutral) Government..?
Arif Khan Jan 29, 2013 10:58am
These are again Golden Rules and tere are so many already on the book, it remains to be seen when these will be implemented in letter & spirit.
Khursheed Ahmed Siddique Jan 29, 2013 12:30pm
To conduct fair election, it is necessary to keep a check on candidates election expenses. Since the politics is like a growing business, everyone put the best effort with muscles and money. Although, we still have a herd mentality in Pakistan and in India, but the people are realizing their power of franchise. More reforms are needed to bring good and hones people in politics and the Election Commission should strive on for that goal.
Aamir Jan 29, 2013 02:15pm
Hope and wish these rules are religiously followed by everyone. Anyone found gilty, should be punished according to the law and get the real good punishment.
BNS Jan 29, 2013 10:24pm
What about taking an affidavit ffrom candidates that they meet conditions specified in the constitution relevant articles (probably 52 and 53) and if later, at any stage it gets datermined that they did not, they will get disqualified and will loose their seat? Verification of this affidavit calims can be conducted after the elections. This way election will not get delayed and wishes of the general population, specifically of the rally led by Dr. TUQ, will be met as well.
Michael Malcolm Jan 29, 2013 09:42pm
Good work ECP the implementation of article 62 & 63 with 218 must be applicable.