ECP bans mobile phone use during Senate elections
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Election Commission of Pakistan has imposed ban on the use of mobile phones during Senate Elections on March 5.
The ECP gave the instructions for balloting to Parliamentarians and members of the provincial assemblies in a press release on Tuesday.
“Attention to the honorable members of the National Assembly and members of all the provincial assemblies are invited to Article 226 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which envisages that all elections shall be held by secret ballot. Section 3 of the Senate (Election) Act, 1975 provides that subject to the provisions of the Act and the rule, the Election Commission of Pakistan shall regulate the procedure for organising and conducting election in such manner as it may deem fit,” the press release said.
It added, “In this regard, the Commission has directed that the Returning Officers for Senate Elections shall ensure that the secrecy of the ballot is not violated through any mode whatsoever by the voters and has also imposed ban upon members of the National Assembly and all provincial assemblies for taking with them mobile phone or any other electronic device, through which picture can be taken, in the premises of polling i.e. Assembly Chamber by the members of the National Assembly from FATAs and the members of the provincial assemblies on the poll day for elections.”