ECP suspends development funds for municipal institutions prior to election
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken the decision to temporarily halt the development funds allocated to municipal institutions in anticipation of the upcoming February 8 polls. Consequently, the funds designated for the progress and improvement of local government institutions will be put on hold until the election results are officially announced.
To ensure a fair and unbiased electoral process, the ECP has issued a notification outlining specific guidelines for local governments during this period. These guidelines restrict local governments from initiating any new development projects or continuing work on ongoing schemes. Instead, they are solely permitted to focus on routine matters pertaining to sanitation and cleanliness.
Moreover, the ECP has imposed a ban on local bodies and cantonment boards from issuing tenders until the entire electoral process is concluded. This measure aims to prevent any potential conflicts of interest or undue influence during the election period.
In addition, the ECP has communicated to candidates and political parties that any form of poll campaigning must cease after midnight on February 6, as mandated by Section 182 of the Elections Act 2017. It is crucial to adhere to this provision, as any violation will result in legal consequences.
The polling itself is scheduled to take place on February 8, marking a significant milestone in Pakistan’s democratic process.