Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken a significant step towards ensuring a fair and respectful electoral process in the upcoming general elections of 2024.
On Monday, it was revealed that the ECP has finalized the Code of Conduct for political parties. Having collaborated closely with them in its formulation.
Sources indicate that the Code of Conduct draft incorporates valuable input from political parties. Reflecting a collective commitment to maintaining the integrity of the electoral process.
Notably, political parties are expected to refrain from making statements that undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan during the election campaign.
Additionally, they are urged to abstain from ridiculing the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as part of their campaign strategy.
Emphasizing ethical practices, the Code of Conduct underscores that political parties. Candidates should avoid resorting to gifts, greed, or bribery to influence others to withdraw from the electoral race in their favor.
Furthermore, a crucial aspect is the commitment to ensuring the safety of election staff and polling agents.
In a bid to promote gender equality, political parties are mandated to implement a 5 percent quota for women in the general elections of 2024, as outlined in the draft.
The Code also takes a strong stance against violence, explicitly prohibiting political parties and candidates from endorsing or inciting violence on polling day.
The display of weapons during the election campaign is strictly banned, along with aerial shootings and firecrackers during public gatherings.
The Code of Conduct establishes specific criteria for election agents, requiring them to be registered voters in the relevant constituency.
In contrast, Provincial Assembly candidates are restricted to a maximum expenditure of Rs 4 million. To ensure transparency, successful candidates are obligated to submit detailed records of election expenses to Returning Officers.
This comprehensive framework aims to foster a fair, respectful, and inclusive electoral environment in Pakistan.