CGEP Mujjawaza Zabta-e-Ikhlaq Barai Aam Intikhabat 2007-2008 [Urdu]

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Publication No: ER-019

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This is Urdu Version of the CGEP Position Paper on “Proposed Model Code of Conduct for General Election 2007/08” carries complete text of the proposed Election Code of Conduct prepared and proposed by the Citizens Group on Electoral Process. The Code of Conduct is proposed for adoption by Election Commission of Pakistan, and Political Parties. The CGEP-proposed Codes of Conduct is different from earlier election codes of conduct of Pakistan in the respect that it specifically focuses on the role of the President of Pakistan, the office that has not been covered by previous codes of conduct in the country. “A model code of conduct has to provide a meaningful solution to the specific challenges of the day,” the CGEP believes. The code also brings into its fold the Local Governments widely perceived to be the vehicles of election rigging in the previous general election and proposes that the local government Nazims and Naib Nazims should be made non-functional with effect from the date of announcing of election schedule till the finalisation of election results. The code also devotes a section to the Caretaker Government and proposes that the caretaker governments should be installed in consultation with the political parties represented in the Parliament. Another key clause of the proposed code of conduct lays down the rule that no advertisement, notice or announcement paid for from public funds shall carry the explicit or implicit reference, name, designation or photo of any public functionary or holder of a state or public office to project him/her as the originator, sponsor, promoter or organiser of any scheme, project, progress, ideology or vision. The code prohibits a political party to exceed the amount of fifty million rupees in publishing or broadcasting its advertisements while it completely bars individual candidates from advertising on the electronic media and cable networks. The code covers in detail rules and general guidelines regarding the election campaign and takes into account various aspects such as holding of rallies, the responsibility of law and order, use of speakers and the sizes of banners and hoardings, etc., as well.

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