Political parties asked to remove illegal banners voluntarily


ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked the political parties and contesting candidates to remove their banners, panaflex and signboards, which exceed the approved size specified by the commission, voluntarily.

According to the ECP, all political parties have been asked to cooperate with the district administration and abide by the election rules.

It said that the ECP’s district monitoring teams are in action and have started removing posters and banners violation of the approved size under the polls code. It also said that the ECP monitoring team in Rawalpindi district removed illegal publicity material from over 140 points besides other cities.

The commission said that the ECP had appointed as many as 592 monitoring teams throughout the country to monitor election campaign.

It said that 99 teams have been constituted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 297 in Punjab, 130 in Sindh, 51 in Balochistan, 12 in FATA and three in federal capital to monitor election campaigns of the candidates both for the national and provincial assemblies.

The commission said that these teams will monitor election campaigns of candidates and political parties to ensure strict compliance of the code of conduct. It added that the ECP will not tolerate any violation on account of publicity material.

As per the code of conduct, no person or a political party can affix or distribute posters, handbills, pamphlets, leaflets, banners or portraits, larger than the sizes prescribed by the commission.