ECP releases new code of conduct for upcoming elections

Campai­gn expend­iture limite­d to Rs1.5 millio­n, walk-chalki­ngs and use of loudsp­eakers banned.

Web Desk June 27, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Complying with the orders of the Supreme Court, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) released a new code of conduct on Wednesday for the upcoming elections, Express News reported.

According to the code of conduct, transporting voters to polling stations using candidates’ cars will be restricted.

It also states that campaign expenditure should not exceed Rs1.5 million, while walk-chalking and the use of loudspeakers for campaigning and sloganeering is also banned.

The Supreme Court released the orders while announcing the verdict on a petition seeking the reduction of expenses in elections.

The petitioner, Workers Party Pakistan (WPP) President Advocate Abid Hasan Minto told the court that contesting in the elections was now very difficult for the common man as he has to contest against a candidate who has ample amounts of money to spend on a campaign.


Syed Faisal Imam | 10 years ago | Reply

Election commission should do its duty first. Law exists to take out the people. They should implement it. If crooks,brigands,murderers,thieves,liars and cheats are allowed to contest,the election commission is not doing its duty. They should screen the candidates. If election commission enforces the law, Pakistan would have a neat and clean parliament.

Absar | 10 years ago | Reply

In the old rules MPA was allowed to spend 1 million and MNA 1.5 million for election campaigning. Reports in the news lately showed that average spending of one MNA/MPA for campaigning in the 2008 elections was around 8-9 million. Did the rule of law work then? It most certainly won't work even now!

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