ECP issues code of conduct for foreign observers

04:12 PM | 26 Jun, 2018
ECP issues code of conduct for foreign observers
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ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued a 16-point code of conduct on Tuesday for foreign observers and international media for the upcoming General Elections 2018.

The electoral body has warned that the permission granted to international observatory missions can be cancelled if the code of conduct is violated.

According to the code of conduct, international observers and foreign media are required to submit an affidavit to cover the cut-throat elections scheduled for July 25.

“Observers shall respect the sovereignty of Pakistan as well as fundamental rights and freedom of its people,” asserts the code of conduct.

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It further calls that political impartiality shall be maintained by observers and media at all costs while observing the election and shall not exhibit any bias or preference with regard to political parties and candidates as well as any issue related to the process of election

Additionally, international observers and media have also been barred from including personal opinions in official reports.

However, it allows assigned officials from observer organisations to pass personal comments on the election process.

ECP also clarified that observers and media persons cannot stay in the country after their visa expires.