Pak Election Commission criminalises 'defaming' army, courts during campaigns

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 07:10 hrs

The Election Commission of Pakistan has outlawed defaming the judiciary and army during electioneering in its revised draft of the Code of Conduct for political parties and candidates participating in the next general elections.

The ECP has demanded the feedback and proposals from the political parties within next fifteen days to make the code of conduct more effective and comprehensive, reports The Daily Times.

In the revised draft of the Code of Conduct, the president, speaker/deputy speaker of an assembly, chairman/deputy chairman Senate, prime minister, federal ministers, ministers of state, governors, chief ministers, provincial ministers and advisers to the prime minister and the chief ministers and other public office holders shall not combine their official visits with election campaign.

It states that government functionaries and representatives shall not announce any development scheme or do anything, which tends to influence the results of an election in favour or against a particular candidate or political party.

It further states that political parties, candidates or their supporters shall not procure the support or assistance of any civil servant to promote or hinder the election of a contesting candidate.

Issuing of advertisements at the cost of public exchequer in the newspapers and other media and misuse of official mass media during the election period for partisan coverage of political news and publicity shall be avoided by the federal, provincial and local governments, it said. (ANI)

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