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Dual nationals barred from contesting LB polls

21 December, 2013

LAHORE: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday issued the code of conduct for the local bodies elections in the Punjab and according to it, dual nationality holders will not be able to contest the polls, the expenditure limit was fixed at Rs200,000 and there would a complete ban on public meetings and rallies.

The ECP established 143 appellate authorities in the province for timely disposal of appeals regarding acceptance and rejection of nomination papers for the LB polls to be held on January 30, 2014.

This information was shared by provincial Election Commissioner (PEC), Punjab, Mehboob Anwar, during a press briefing held here at the ECP's provincial office.The PEC further said that the province had one metropolitan corporation, 11 municipal corporations, 35 district councils, 172 municipal committees and 4,028 union councils for local government elections 2013-14.

The PEC said that for each constituency, exclusive ballot papers would be printed with names and symbols of the candidates on them. It was also revealed that the printing of ballot papers would commence after the issuance of final list of "contesting candidates" by the returning officers.

He said there were 36 district returning officers, 691 returning officers, 707 assistant returning officers for the conduct of the LB polls in Punjab. "There are 143 appellate authorities established in the province for timely disposal of appeals regarding acceptance and rejection of nomination papers," he added.

He said that a candidate who had submitted the candidature fee during the election schedule issued earlier was not required to submit the fee again. Moreover, he said, the ECP had fixed the security fees from Rs2,000 to Rs20,000 for candidates while the total budget for campaigning would not exceed Rs200,000.

Talking about the ECP's code of conduct for the LB polls, the PEC said that display of arms and gunshots would not be allowed during the campaigning process.

The PEC said the advertisement banner would be of 3x9 ft size while the hoarding would be of 3x5 ft that candidates could utilise during their election campaign. He said the code of conduct would be implemented in letter and spirit and any candidate violating the same could face disqualification.

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