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 organizer of any scheme, project, progress,
ideology or vision.
The political parties shall not propagate any opinion, or act in any manner
prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or
security of Pakistan, or morality, or the maintenance of public order, or the
integrity of independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or
brings into ridicule the judiciary or the professional role of the armed
forces of Pakistan.
Criticism of other political parties, when made shall be confined to their
policies and programme, past record and work. Parties and candidates shall
refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the
public activities of the leaders or workers of the other parties. Criticism of
other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or on distortion
shall not be allowed.
Political Parties and candidates shall refrain from speeches with the potential
to arouse parochial and sectarian feelings and controversy or conflict between
genders, sects, communities and linguistic groups. Mosques and other
places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda.
Political Parties, candidates and party/political workers shall not propagate
against the participation of any person in the elections on the bases of gender,
ethnicity, religion or caste. Political Parties officials, candidates or others
shall not encourage or enter into agreements to not allow women voters to cast
their votes or stand as candidate in an election.
No person or a political party or a candidate shall hois or fix party flags on any
public property or at any public place.
There shall be ban on hoisting party flags on house roofs. Party flags shall be
allowed to be displayed on party and election offices of Political parties.
Concerned political parties and contesting candidates may announce their overall development programmes. But following the announcement of the election schedule till the day of polling, no candidate or any person on his behalf shall, openly or in secret, give any subscription or donation, or make promise for giving such subscription or donation, to any institution of their respective constituency or
to any other institution, nor shall commit to undertake any development project
in the respective constituency.
All parties and candidates shall scrupulously avoid all activities which are
“corrupt practices” and offences under the election law, such as bribing of the
voters, intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters, canvassing within 400
yards of a polling station, holding public meetings during the period of 48
hours ending with the hour fixed for the close of the poll by the ECP.
The political Parties, their candidates, agents or workers shall not indulge in
offering gifts and gratifications or inducing others to stand or not to stand as
a candidate, or to withdraw or not to withdraw his candidature.
The right of every individual for peaceful and undisturbed home life shall be
respected, however much the political parties or candidates may resent his
political opinions or activities. Organizing demonstrations and picketing before
the houses of individuals by way of protesting against their opinions or
activities shall not be resorted to under any circumstances.
- No political party or candidate shall permit his follower to make use of any
individual’s private or state land, building, compound wall, etc. without his
permission for erecting flags staffs, suspending banners, pasting notices,
writing slogans etc.
Political parties and candidates shall ensure that their supporters do not
create obstructions in or break-up meetings and processions organized by the
other parties. Workers or sympathizers of one political party shall not create
disturbance at public meetings organized by another political party.
- Procession shall not be taken out by one party along places at which meetings
are being held by another party. Poster affixed by one party shall not be
removed, defaced or damaged by workers of another party.
The political parties and their candidates shall not hold public meetings or rallies on main streets, roads and chowks to avoid traffic jams and public
The party of a candidate or the candidate himself shall inform the local police of
the venue and time of any proposed meeting at least 3 days in advance so as to
enable the police to make necessary arrangements for controlling traffic and
maintaining peace and order.
A party or candidate shall ascertain in advance if there are any restrictive or
prohibitory orders in force in the place proposed for the meeting. If such order
exists, they shall be followed strictly. If any exception is required from such
orders it shall be applied for and obtained well in time.
Organizer of a meeting shall invariably seek the assistance of the police on
duty for dealing with persons disturbing a meeting or otherwise attempting to
create a disorder. Organizers shall not themselves take any action against such
A party or candidate organizing a procession shall decide before hand the time and place of the starting of the procession, the route to be followed and the time and place at which the procession will terminate. There shall ordinarily be no
deviation from the programme. The organizers shall give advance intimation of at
least 3 days to the local police authorities of the programmes so as to enable
them to make necessary arrangements.
The organizers shall ascertain if any restrictive orders are in force in the
localities through which the procession has to pass, and shall comply with the
restriction unless exempted specifically by competent authority. Any traffic
regulations or restrictions shall also be carefully adhered to.
The organizers shall take steps in advance to arrange for the passage of procession so that there is no block or hindrance to traffic. If the procession is very
long, it shall be organised in segments of suitable length, so that at convenient intervals, especially at points where the procession has to pass road junctions, the passage of held up traffic could be allowed by stages thus avoiding heavy traffic congestion.
Procession shall be so regulated as to keep as much to the right of the road as
possible and the direction and advice of the police on duty shall be strictly
If two or more political parties or candidates propose to take procession over the same route or parts thereof at about the same time, the organizer shall establish
contact well in advance and decide upon the measures to be taken to see that the
procession do not clash or cause hindrance to traffic. The assistance of the
local administration shall be availed of for arriving at a satisfactory arrangement. For the purpose, the party shall contact the local administration at the earliest opportunity but not later than 5 clear days before the date of the procession.
Appeals to violence or resort to violence during meetings, processions, or during polling hours shall be strictly prohibited.
Carrying lethal weapons and fire arms shall not be allowed in public meeting and processions and official regulations in this regard shall be strictly observed.
Use of crackers and other explosive at public meetings shall not be allowed
Issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer in the newspapers and other media and the misuse of official mass media during the election period for
partisan coverage of political news and publicity regarding achievements with a
view to furthering the prospects of the party in power shall be scrupulously
- All political parties and candidates shall:
Co-operate with the officers on election duty to ensure peaceful and orderly
polling and complete freedom for the voters to exercise their franchise without
being subjected to any annoyance or obstructions;
Supply to their authorized workers suitable badges or identity cards;
Agree that the identity slips supplied by them to voters shall be on plain (White)
papers and shall not contain any symbol, name or the candidate or the name of
not allow unnecessary crowd to be collected near the camps set up by the political parties and candidates near the polling booths so as to avoid confrontation and tension among workers and sympathizers of the parties and the candidate;
ensure that the candidate’s camps shall be simple and shall not display any posters, flags, symbols or any other propaganda material. No eatable shall be served or crowd allowed at the camps;
Excepting the voters, candidates or duly authorized election agents, no one without a valid pass from the Election Commission or Provincial Election
Commissioner concerned or District Returning officer shall enter the polling
No person or political party shall affix hoarding, posters or banners of any size
or cause wall chalking as a part of election campaign of a candidate other than
No person or political party shall affix hoarding, posters or banners
larger then the size mentioned hereunder:
a. Posters 1 ft. X 1.5 ft.
b. Hoardings 3 X 5
c. Banners 3 X 9
Use of the Stickers of the size 4” X 4” and leaflets/handbills of the size 9” X 6”
shall also be allowed.
No candidate or a political party shall, under any circumstances, cross the limit
of election expenses set by the Election Commission for the National Assembly
and for the Provincial Assembly seats.
A political Party may, at the national level, publish or broadcast or caused to be
published or broadcast advertisements as a part of its election campaign: total
expenses of such publication, broadcast or advertisement shall not exceed fifty
Loudspeakers shall not be used for elections campaign except at the election
The procession of buses, trucks, or any other vehicles or torch-bearing procession shall not be brought out by any political party or any candidate in favour of a candidate.
Election advertisements on the electronic media on behalf of any candidate are
This Code of Conduct shall come into force six months prior to the scheduled expiry of the term of the National Assembly or on the date of the announcement of
election whichever of the two is earlier