With politicians already terming the Election Commission of Pakistan’s code of conduct for the next general election ‘unrealistic’, what are the chances of its successful implementation for the upcoming elections?
Is there a possibility that the code could just end up being disregarded if it doesn’t reflect the experiences of those involved in campaigning itself? Perhaps then the ECP could incorporate objective advice that from politicians who have the experience of campaigning in Pakistan.
According to a Dawn editorial today, the concepts behind many of these rules make sense but when it comes to the specifics some of the regulations are asking to be violated.
What is your opinion on the spending limit which has been retained at its former level of Rs1.5 million?
Do you think people will actually follow rules such as a complete ban on wall chalkings and limited use of loudspeakers?
The new code also prohibits candidates from transporting voters to polling booths. But if public transport is not available in all parts of the country, how will this work out for the voters?
What are your thoughts on this?