ECP rejects Shehbaz Sharif’s plea to cast Senate vote in Lahore

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday rejected Shehbaz Sharif’s plea seeking permission to cast his vote for Senate elections in Lahore.

According to the details, the ECP, while rejecting the plea of PML-N Leader Shehbaz Sharif, stated that a vote cannot be cast anywhere other than National Assembly. Other incarcerated members of the National Assembly will also cast their vote in the assembly hall, the ECP said.

The ECP has already issued production orders for the members of the assemblies and the MNAs will be shifted to Parliament Lodges on March 2 for the upcoming Senate polls. The Senate elections will be held on March 3.

According to the details, Election Commission has directed all political parties and candidates to halt their campaigns regarding upcoming Senate elections by midnight on Monday (March 1).

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had also notified a code of conduct for the upcoming Senate elections.

The code of conduct stated that:

The political parties, candidates, voters and election agents shall not propagate any opinion, or act in any manner prejudicial to the glory of Islam and ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality or public order, or the integrity or independence of Parliament, judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the Parliament, judiciary or the Armed Forces of Pakistan.

The political parties, candidates, voters and election agents shall abide by all directions and instructions issued by the Election Commission, from time to time, relating to the smooth conduct of elections.

The political parties, contesting candidates, election agents and voter shall not indulge in any kind of corrupt or illegal practice.

Meanwhile, the ruling, as well as opposition parties, are doing campaign regarding the senate polls.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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