ECP issues 11 points code of conduct for security officials

ECP issues 11 points code of conduct for security officials

ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan has issued a separate code of conduct for the security officials deployed to ensure the election is carried out peacefully.

The 11-point code of conduct binds them to perform their duty in accordance with the law and cooperate with the presiding officers, returning officers and polling staff.

The code orders the security officials to:

Remain impartial during the voting process and will not work for or against any political party or electoral candidate

Will be bound to obey all legal orders issued by the presiding and returning officers

Will remain outside the premises of the polling station (where they have been deployed) or remain at a place where they have been ordered to perform their duties in by the presiding officer

Will not enter the premises of the polling station unless ordered by the presiding officer

Will assist the presiding officer in maintaining or establishing peace at the polling station

Will assist voters outside the polling station and ensure that they stand in line

Will assist elderly, transgender, pregnant women and differently-abled voters as much as possible and will allow them to stand in front of the line

Will ensure that the atmosphere outside the polling station is friendly and safe and voters can exercise their right to vote without any fear and confrontation

Will remain careful in the transportation of voting equipment and ensure that all equipment and polling staff have arrived safely at the polling station;

will ensure that the quipment has been returned to presiding officers after voting ends

Will ensure that voting process concludes peacefully

President Mamnoon Hussain approved a summary sent by the ECP recommending July 25 as date for General Elections 2018. The polling for the national and provincial assemblies will be held on the same day.