ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the ruling party’s ‘non-serious’ attitude towards following the code of conduct in the NA-120 by-poll.

In a hearing conducted by a two-member Commission, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) expressed serious displeasure over Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin’s failure to appear before the Commission.

The hearing was held on a notice taken by the ECP after a complaint by its monitoring team over the violation of the code of conduct in the NA-120 campaign.

CEC Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan said that Yasin is in violation of the code of conduct , adding, that others will follow suit if the ruling party itself violates the conduct .

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) warned Bilal Yasin that it would issue a show-cause notice for disqualification if he is found violating the ECP’s code of conduct while campaigning for PML-N candidate Kalsoom Nawaz for the NA-120 by-election.

The CEC expressed anger at Yasin’s absence during the hearing, warning that the Commission would issue a show-cause notice for the Minister’s disqualification in the next hearing if he is found violating the code of conduct .

Even Yasin’s lawyer Shahzad Shaukat did not appear before the ECP . Instead, the lawyer’s associate showed up before the bench, which irked the CEC.

The PML-N has been treating the code of conduct frivolously, Justice Raza said, observing that violation of the code by the ruling party would give licence to others to do the same.