Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) warned candidates of action in accordance with the law on violation of code of conduct which was issued for upcoming general election while the administration has removed illegal publicity material from nearly 140 points of the district. District Election Commissioner (DEC) Rawalpindi-I, Saleem Akhtar talking to APP informed that the district authorities concerned are taking action on the 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 2×3, banners at 3×9 feet, posters 18×23 inches and handbills should not be larger than 6×9 inches. There is also a ban on the use of panflex banners and posters as well as wall-chalking, he added.
He further informed that Election Commission of Pakistan is 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 including Assistant Commissioner, Headquarters, Ashar Iqbal, AC Cantt, Ambar Gilani, AC Saddar, Tasneem Ali Khan, AC Gujar Khan, Mahreen Faheem, AC Kahuta Ansar Hayat, AC City, Liaquat Ali, AC Kotli Sattian, Taxila and Kallar Syedan 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.—APP