- AJK CEC asks PM to inform his ministers to look at the code of conduct or find yourself disqualified within the July 25 AJK election race.
- Letter to PM comes after Ali Amin Gandapur seen donating money to folks.
- Code “strongly prohibits any kind of pronouncement in terms of financial or development package or any kind of attraction”.
The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chief Election Commissioner, retired Justice Abdul Rashid Sulehria, has written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan requesting him to make sure that ministers observe the code of conduct set for the July 25 elections to the AJK Legislative Meeting.
The event comes after a video started circulating on social media which reveals Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur handing over a thick bundle of money to some supporters in AJK’s LA-1 Mirpur 1 constituency the place he had gone to marketing campaign this week.
Some folks had gathered round Gandapur to complain to him of a badly broken highway. They informed him that they need to restore it with no matter meagre funds they will scrounge up on their very own. At this, the minister instantly handed them a donation of Rs500,000, which was recorded on video.
Gandapur additionally mentioned that he’s prepared to offer additional monetary help and promised the folks that the following time he visits the realm, the highway would have been repaired.
There have been additionally experiences of different ministers making guarantees of assorted schemes in different constituencies throughout their respective campaigns.
After this got here to gentle, the chief election commissioner wrote to the prime minister, requesting him to difficulty directives in writing to the federal authorities ministers who’re taking part within the election, in addition to to the provincial authorities, to make sure that no particular person violates the code of conduct specified by the AJK authorities.
“It is important to mention that violation of any provision of Code of Conduct by any person during election campaign of a candidate may end up [in] disqualification of the candidate concerned,” the letter states.
CEC apprises PM of code of conduct
Sulehria additionally wrote a separate letter to the premier to apprise him of the code of conduct itself.
“Let me take this opportunity to appraise your good self that AJK Election Commission has promulgated a Code of Conduct 2021 for strict observance by all political parties, candidates and polling staff who are deputed for administration of election process in order to ensure that elections are conducted fairly, justly and in most transparent manner in all respects without causing any intimidation or coercion upon the free exercise of right of franchise by the electors,” the letter begins by saying.
The letter goes on to state that the code “strongly prohibits any kind of pronouncement in terms of financial or development package or any kind of attraction by political parties, contesting candidates and their sympathisers to secure favour from electors for any contesting candidate except their party manifesto”.
Sulehria mentioned that the request is made “to ensure that the AJK General Elections […] be conducted in a transparent and independent manner without causing any blame for the misuse of state resources by holders of public office”.