Election Commission of Pakistan takes serious view of statements being made by contesting candidates casting aspersion on person of their opponents which is a violation of code of conduct

Islamabad, April 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Election Commission of Pakistan has taken serious view of the statements being made by some contesting candidates casting aspersion on the person of their opponents which is a violation of the code of conduct which clearly stipulate that:

16- The political parties, contesting candidates and their supporters shall refrain from deliberate dissemination of false and malicious information and shall not indulge in forgeries and disinformation to defame other political parties / leaders. The use of abusive language against the leaders and candidates shall be avoided at all costs.

17- Criticism of other political parties and opponent candidates shall be confined to their policies and programmes, past record and work. Parties and candidates shall refrain from criticism of any aspect of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties. Criticism based on unverified allegations and distortion of facts shall be avoided.

The ECP expects that henceforth the occurrence of such violation will not take place from any contesting candidate or political party which might necessitate issuance of a directive under the law.

For more information, contact:
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
Election Commission of Pakistan Secretariat
Election House, Constitution Avenue G-5/2,
Tel: +9251 920 1975, +9251 920 6062
Fax: +9251 920 5402, +9251 920 5300

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