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ELECTION COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN
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PRESS RELEASE

 Islamabad, the 18th January, 2013.--  The Election Commission of Pakistan is holding bye-elections on 18-02-2013 in multiple Constituencies of Provincial Assembly of Sindh and Punjab, the detail of constituencies is as follows:

 

PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY OF PUNJAB

1

PP-239 Vehari-VIII

PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY OF SINDH

1

PS-73 Jamshoro-cum- Dadu

2

PS-84 Thatta-I

3

PS-101 Karachi-XIII

4

PS-103 Karachi-XV

5

PS-113 Karachi-XXV

6

PS-115 Karachi-XXVII

 

The Election Commission of Pakistan has issued the following directives to ensure free, fair and transparent bye-elections and corrupt practices are guarded against:

 

(i)         The executive authorities in the Federation and in the Provinces shall not use State resources anywhere in Pakistan for unfair advantage of a particular candidate or political party nor exercise undue influence affecting the interest of a candidate or party for participating in any  election to be held hereinafter;

 

(ii)          If any person in the service of Pakistan misuses his official position in any manner calculated to influence the result of the election, he may be tried by a Court of Sessions as contemplated under Section 95 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 and, if found guilty of the offence, may be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both under Section 92 of the Act;

 

(iii)         Bulk transfers/postings of the civil servants shall not be made after the issuance of Schedule of an election till the completion thereof;

 

(iv)         Individual transfers/postings of civil servants shall also not be made after the issuance of Schedule of an election except under exceptional circumstances, in exigency of service and in public interest, with prior approval of the Election Commission.

 

(v)          After the issuance of Schedule of an election, the Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Federal Ministers, State Ministers, Advisors to the President and the Prime Minister, Provincial Ministers and Advisors to the Chief Ministers will neither visit the area of any constituency where an election is being held nor shall openly or in secret give any subscription or donation or make promise for giving such subscription or donation to any institution of a constituency, nor shall inaugurate, commit to undertake or announce any development project therein for the advancement of the campaign of a candidate of his choice and thereby influence the results of that election.

 

 

(vi)         The Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, Federal Ministers, State Ministers, Advisors to the President and the Prime Minister, Provincial Ministers and Advisors to the Chief Ministers or any person on their behalf shall not visit the Constituency or a polling station after the issuance of Schedule of an election till the completion of poll.

 

(vii)        If any of the public office holders mentioned in para (v) and (vi) above is found to have misused his official position to influence the result of an election in any manner whatsoever, legal action shall be taken against such person in accordance with law under section 103A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976, relating to contempt proceedings.