No Display of Weapons During General Elections: ECP

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf  Tuesday expressed satisfaction that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has completed arrangements for holding the general election in the country.

The Prime Minister made these remarks while talking to Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan here at the PM House.

The Secretary Election Commission informed the Prime Minister that a code of conduct has also been prepared by the Election Commission prohibiting display of weapons during election campaign.

The Prime Minister appreciated the decision.

The Secretary briefed the Prime Minister that candidates will have to specify venues of their public meetings and said the Election Commission will permit them to hold meetings in consultation with the local administration.

Similarly, rallies and processions brought out by candidates will have to follow specified routes approved by ECP.

Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan also informed the Prime Minister that ECP will soon hold meetings with the federal and provincial governments to ensure that the law and order was maintained during polling.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf assured the Secretary ECP that the government will extend all administrative and logistical support to ECP to ensure maximum participation and voter turnout.

The Prime Minister reiterated government’s resolve for holding a free, fair and impartial election in the country on time and expressed the confidence that the upcoming election will further strengthen the democratic process by streamlining the role of state institutions in the polity. (APP)

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