Parties barred from setting up camps outside polling stations
16 June, 2012
LAHORE: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to impose ban on setting up polling camps outside polling stations in general elections 2013, our sources has learnt.
Those contesting elections would not be allowed to provide transport to voters. The candidates and political parties would also be barred from distributing polling slips to the voters on their doorsteps.
These decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the acting chief election commissioner. Election commissioners of all four provinces and senior officials were also present during the meeting.
A senior ECP official told a group of journalists that the decisions were taken in compliance with the Supreme Court's directions issued to curtail election expenditures.
He said that in the next general elections the ECP would set up polling stations within a radius of 2 kms from residences. The candidates would not be allowed to print their pictures, party flags and allotted election symbols on the polling slips.
The ECP would itself ensure a system for the distribution of polling slips among the voters. Last week, the Supreme Court had said that political parties would not be allowed to set up their tents or camps near polling stations.