Crackdown on violation of Pakistan’s poll code of conduct

Pakistani workers prepare posters of political parties for the upcoming general election in Quetta on June 30, 2018.

Rawalpindi: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has warned candidates of action if they violate the code of conduct issued for the general election.

The administration has also removed illegal publicity material from nearly 140 points of the Rawalpindi district.

District Election Commissioner (DEC) for Rawalpindi-I, Saleem Akhtar said authorities were taking action on violations and illegal election publicity material including unapproved size banners and posters displayed by political parties and election candidates, is being removed.

ECP had issued a code of conduct to set the size of portraits at 0.6×0.9 metres, banners at 0.9 metres by 2.7 metres, posters 45×58 centimetres and handbills should not be larger than 15×22 centimetres.

There is also a ban on the use of panaflex banners and posters as well as wall-chalking, he added.

He further informed that Election Commission of Pakistan was running a voters awareness program to enhance voters turn out in the general election 2018.

Earlier, The Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Dr Umer Jehangir had directed the Assistant Commissioners (ACs) to take action in accordance with the law on violation of Code of Conduct.

On the directives of the DC, who is also the officer appointed by ECP to monitor general election, the assistant commissioners are visiting different areas of the district. The DC had issued strict orders that all oversized political signboards, banners and posters be removed.

The administration has warned the candidates that a report of the violations will be sent to the ECP. The operation will be conducted on daily basis till the completion of the general elections and no relaxation will be given to anyone.

Dr. Umer Jahangir had also directed the monitoring officers to ensure implementation of election code of conduct in their respective areas in Rawalpindi district.

The officers should immediately report any violation of the code of conduct to the respective AC, he said adding, the officers should report the unapproved size publicity material, billboards, hoardings, stemmers, panaflexes and banners. Removal of such publicity material is responsibility of the AC concerned, he added.

Dr Umer further said that on second violation, the case should be reported to district monitoring officer who would initiate legal action against the candidate.

He told that AC Headquarters has been nominated focal person by local administration and in case of any problem the monitoring officers can contact the focal person.


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