ECP takes ‘strict notice’ of by-poll code violation by KP CM

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The Election Commission of Pakistan has taken “strict notice” of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and his cabinet’s allegedly continuous flouting of the code of conduct issued for the upcoming by-elections, according to a press release issued by the electoral watchdog on Saturday.

In the statement, it said provincial government machinery and helicopters also continued to be used in election rallies.

The press release said that the ECP summoned a special meeting at the Election Commission Secretariat Islamabad on Monday at 2pm which would consider the appropriate legal action to be taken.

It added that the report of the provincial election commissioner would be reviewed as well and KP’s chief secretary was also being called to Monday’s session.

On Thursday, the ECP had imposed Rs50,000 fine each on PTI Chairman Imran Khan, CM Khan and several cabinet members, including ministers and advisers to the chief minister, for violating the poll code of conduct by participating in the September 6 public rally in the provincial capital despite a warning.

The fine was imposed by ECP district monitoring officer for NA-31 Peshawar-V Shahabuddin, who issued separate orders of imposition of a fine against Imran, CM Khan, ministers Taimoor Saleem Khan Jhagra, Ishtiaq Urmar, Shaukat Yousafzai, Kamran Khan Bangash, Anwer Zeb Khan and Mohammad Iqbal Wazir, and aides to the CM Khaliqur Rehman and Wazirzada.

The DMO had issued notices to them on Sept 7, after holding the rally on Sept 6, asking them to explain their position.

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