Islamabad: The election commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a code of conduct to follow during the general elections scheduled for July 25 in which it bans walk chalking and hoarding/billboards to be used for election campaigns.
ECP has issued a code of conduct for upcoming general elections, according to ECP the key points for the COC include the prohibition of Pana flex and hoardings and wall chalking. The ECP has also directed the size of posters and banners that should be used during the campaign.
The ECP has also prohibited using the images of irrelevant people on the posters and banners. The ECP has informed all the stakeholders about the COC and directed them to strictly comply with the code, they have also warned to take immediate action against the violators.
The election commission has also issued the code of conduct for foreigners, the rules inculcated by the ECP prohibits foreigners to observe the election in any form unless he/she presents the accreditation card issued by the ECP. The officials are required to display their badges issued by the commission they must show the badges as and when required by the election officials or security officials.
Elections observers must respect the sovereignty of Pakistan and the fundamental rights of the people. The observers must maintain a good behavior and attitude towards others and preserve the sensitivity and customs of the culture, should represent the highest level of professional conduct throughout their presence in the country.
Observers must be politically impartial at all costs while observing the elections. They should not exhibit biased opinion or ideas with regards to political parties, candidates, and local authorities.