Prime Minister appreciates Election Commission of Pakistan on poll arrangements
Islamabad, November 27, 2012 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed satisfaction over the fact that the Election Commission of Pakistan has completed all arrangements for holding the General Elections in the country.
The Prime Minister made these remarks while talking to Mr. Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan, Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House this morning.
The Secretary Election Commission informed the Prime Minister that a code of conduct has also been prepared by the Election Commission of Pakistan which prohibits display of weapons during election campaign.
The Prime Minister appreciated the decision of the Election Commission to ban display of weapons during elections.
The Secretary Election Commission also briefed the Prime Minister that candidates will have to specify the venues of their public meetings and 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 the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Mr. Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan also informed the Prime Minister that the Election Commission will soon hold meetings with the Federal and Provincial Governments to ensure that the law and order is maintained during polling.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf assured the Secretary ECP that the government will extend all administrative and logistical support to ECP in order 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 elections will further strengthen the democratic process by streamlining the role of state institutions in the polity.
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