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Pakistan’s Senate Election: Code of Conduct Issued

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Election Commission has released a code of conduct for Senate elections scheduled for tomorrow on March 3, at four provincial assemblies’ buildings and Parliament House.

The ECP said that violation of the code of conduct will invite a fine of up to Rs100,000 and a jail term of up to two years.

The commission said that no one would be allowed to carry mobile phones in the polling stations i.e. assembly buildings. The assembly members, who will be electing new Senators, would only be allowed inside if they will be carrying their secretariat cards.

The Commission has asked the MNAs and MPAs to ensure the secrecy of ballot during voting. They have also been asked to handle the ballot paper with care so as to not spoil it.

The action would be taken against anyone using a fake ballot paper; while there will be a complete ban on taking it outside the polling station.

The returning officer has been the powers of magistrate first calls. The RO can punish violators of the code of conduct by carrying out a summary trial.

The returning officer would also have the authority to cancel a ballot paper and immediately announce a punishment if it is being handed to an unauthorised person.

The punishment for violating the code of conduct includes a fine of up to Rs100,000 and/or a jail term of six months and two years.

On the in the instruction of returning officers, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary personnel will be deployed outside the polling stations.

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