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ECP Consolidated Code of Conduct for political parties and candidates

ECP Consolidated Code of Conduct for political parties and candidates

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Political parties and candidates have been asked not to propagate any opinion, or act in any manner prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality.
Political parties and candidates have been asked not to propagate any opinion, or act in any manner prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality.

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Election Commission of PakistanCode of Conduct for Political Parties and Candidates
1.
The political parties and candidates shall not propagate any opinion,or act in any manner prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or thesovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality, or themaintenance of public order, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the Armed Forces of Pakistan, as provided under  Article 63 of the Constitution.
2.
The parties and candidates shall abide by all the laws, rules,regulations and directions issued by the Commission, from time totime, relating to smooth conduct of elections and the maintenanceof public order.
3.
The political parties and candidates shall at all times uphold therights and freedom of the people of Pakistan as guaranteed by theConstitution and law.
4.
 All political parties, candidates and their supporters shall avoidscrupulously all activities which are offences under the electionlaws, such as bribing of voters, intimidation and personation,canvassing within 400 yards of a polling station, including settingup of camps, and holding public meetings during the period of 48hours ending at midnight following the conclusion of the poll for anelection in the constituency, etc.1
5.
Incitement to violence or resort to violence during meetings,processions, or during polling hours shall be strictly avoided bypolitical parties, contesting candidates and their supporters. They
1
Sections 79, 80, 84 & 85 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976.
 
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shall publicly condemn violence and intimidation and not uselanguage that might lead to violence or resort to violence duringmeetings, processions, or during polling hours. No person shall inany manner cause injury to any person or damage to anyproperty.2
6.
Political parties, contesting candidates and their supporters shall notprocure the support or assistance of any civil servant to promote or hinder the election of a contesting candidate.3
7.
Political parties and contesting candidates shall dissuade their workers or sympathizers from destroying any ballot paper or anyofficial mark on the ballot paper.4
8.
No person or political party or a contesting candidate and their supporters shall hoist or fix party flags on any public property or atany public place, except with the permission in writing from, and onpayment of such fee or charges as may be chargeable by theconcerned local government or authorities.5
9.
Wall chalking as part of an election campaign shall be prohibited inall forms.6No person or a political party shall affix posters, hoardings or banners larger than the sizes prescribed by the ElectionCommission. The Commission has prescribed the sizes as under:7
2
Section 81 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976].
3
Section 83 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976].
4
Section 87 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976].
5
Section 83A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976]
6
Section 83A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976].
7
Section 83A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976].
 
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a) Posters 2-feet x 3-feet-(b) Hoardings3-feet x 5-feet(c) Banners 3-feet x 9-feetThe Head of district administration and the District Returning Officer shallbe responsible for the effective implementation of this provision.
10.
The political parties, contesting candidates and their supportersshall not indulge in offering gifts or gratifications or inducement toany person to stand or not to stand as a candidate, or to withdrawor not to withdraw his candidature.8
11.
Political parties, contesting candidates and their supporters mayannounce their overall development programme, but after theannouncement of the election schedule till the day of polling, nocandidate or any person on his behalf shall openly or in secret,give any subscription or donation, or make promise for giving suchsubscription or donation, to any institution of their respectiveconstituency or to any other institution, nor shall commit toundertake any development project in the respectiveconstituency.9
12.
The political parties, contesting candidates and their supportersshall refrain from speeches calculated to arouse parochial andsectarian feelings and controversy of conflicts between genders,sects, communities and linguistic groups.10
13.
The political parties, contesting candidates and their supportersshall refrain from deliberate dissemination of false and maliciousinformation. The workers of political parties shall not indulge inforgeries and disinformation to defame other politicalparties/leaders. The use of abusive language against the leadersand candidates of other political parties shall be avoided at allcost.11
8
Section 79 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976].
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Section 79 of The Representation of People Act 1976
10
Section 78 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976
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This is implied in Section 78 of The Representation of People Act 1976

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