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SC directs ECP to submit reply over elections code of conduct today

SC directs ECP to submit reply over elections code of conduct today

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) on Monday has sought code of conduct from Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for upcoming general elections 2018.

During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar said that the proceedings related to elections should be carried out on first priority. Won’t allow to delay elections, he reiterated.

The court has strictly directed the commission to submit its reply by today so that it can review new and old code of conduct lists.

On the other hand, ECP has started accepting nomination papers from the candidates for general elections 2018. The papers will be received until June 8 while names of the candidates will be published on the same date.

The commission has constituted a central scrutiny cell for thorough scrutiny of nomination papers that will be conducted in June 14.

Earlier, ECP secretary Babar Yaqoob, while addressing a presser here in Islamabad, stated that they [read ECP officials] had issued schedule as per jurisdiction bestowed on them by Constitution and law. “Election will be held on 25th of July, 2015 whereas returning officer will issue a notice in this regard tomorrow”, secretary told reporters.

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