Former premier and senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan and other candidates from different political parties contesting the elections from capital’s constituencies were found acting in violation of the electoral code of conduct. They were issued show cause notices by the district administration.
Around 13 candidates of major political parties are contesting elections from NA-52,NA-53 and NA- 54 which include former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Imran Khan, Fazal Chaudhry, former minister CAAD (Capital Administration and Development Division) and a Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) candidate from NA-53.Muhammad Aslam Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate from NA-53 and 54, Muhammad Zubair Ashraf, an independent candidate from NA-54.
Muhammad Amjad All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) candidate from NA-53, Khurram Nawaz candidate Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from NA-52, Afzal Khokhar candidate Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from NA-52, Syed Sibtual Hasan candidate PPP from 53, Asad Umer candidate PTI from NA- 54, Imran Ashraf candidate PPP from NA-54, Anjum Aqeel PML-N candidate from NA-54 and Rizwan Saifi candidate Teheek-e- Labaike Ya Rasool Allah (TLY).
These candidates were issued show cause notices by the district administration for the violations of the code of conduct issued by Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) sources revealed to the Daily Morning Mail.
A complaint is lodged against them by monitoring officer of ECP for violation of code of conduct for upcoming general elections. Whereas, the undersigned appointed monitoring officer by ECP in consonance with the section 234 of ECP, Act 2017 is of the view that the candidates violated the clause -23 and 26 of the code of conduct which deals with campaign violations.
Panaflex of various sizes, devoid of the names and addresses of the printers and publishers depicting the candidates as potential contestants in the general elections have been displayed.
Therefore, the candidates were asked to show cause as to why their cases should not be forwarded to ECP for taking action under section 234(3) of ECP Act, 2017.
Furthermore, the candidates are directed to ensure the removal of all such violations within 24 hours. Failure to comply will lead to a legal action initiated against them.
It is noted that a total of 129 candidates are contesting general elections from Islamabad’s three constituencies. However, a tough competition will be held between PTI and PML-N.
In case of further violations, the candidates will be banned from contesting elections this year.