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ECP imposes ban on rallies, firing, big banners ahead of LG polls in Karachi

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) today announced a ban on rallies, display of weapons, and aerial firing ahead of local government elections in Karachi.

The ECP is holding LGs polls in mega city of Pakistan on Jan 15, 2023.

To ensure transparency, the commission has asked all parties and individuals participating in electioneering to follow the ECP’s code of conduct before and on the day of LB elections.

The commission has issued a warning on Wednesday after receiving complaints of aerial firing and display of weapons during campaigning for LG elections in Karachi.

The ECP’s DMO has written a letter to the commission of District West to ensure compliance to the instructions of the commission.

According to letter, the restrictions include:

  • Placing banners and flags on state buildings and poles are prohibited;
  • No aerial firing should take place;
  • All types of vehicle rallies have been banned

The commission has also imposed a ban on the use of oversized election banners and pana-flexes.

Moreover, the ECP has also directed the office bearers to stay away from participating in the public gatherings and rallies.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami leaders have announced a protest rally on Jan 5 to show their concerns against possible delay or rigging of Local Government elections in Karachi.

The PPP and MQM-P are hatching a conspiracy against LG elections in Karachi, JI leader Hafiz Naeem said.

He was of the opinion that the Sindh government and MQM anticipate their defeat in LB elections and they could manipulate upcoming elections.

Javed Mahmood
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