CEC for strict implementation of code of conduct in by-polls

ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja on Friday issued directives for the upcoming by-elections in the country in order to ensure free and fair and transparent polls.

In his directives, the CEC said that measures should be taken to ensure that the polls process should remain transparent and free and fair. “The code of conduct for the election process should be implemented in its true letter and spirit,” he said and warned that strict action would be taken over any violation of the code of conduct.

He directed the ECP officials to take assistance from district administration, police and Rangers for the implementation of the code of conduct. “Action should be taken against government employees for influencing the election process,” he said while further directing for action against DRO, RO and DMO over any failure to implement the ECP rules.

It is pertinent to mention here that in a major development, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on December 17 decided to hold by-elections on all the vacant seats across the country, which earlier faced a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the details, the decision was taken at a meeting of the ECP, presided over by CEC Raja, in Islamabad.

On the occasion, Sultan Raja directed to issue a schedule for by-polls on the vacant posts. He also directed measures to ensure implementation of the Covid-related standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the by-elections.

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