Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued a notification on Tuesday, stating that security officials deployed for the upcoming General Election 2018 will have to take oath.  

The Election Commission of Pakistan has sent letters to the interior and defence secretaries along with the Inspector Generals of Police of all four provinces and the capital territory. 

The returning officers (ROs) will conduct the oath of security in-charges deployed in their respective districts, according to ECP's letter. Whereas, the letter states that the presiding officers will take oath from the personnel deployed at polling stations. 

Security personnel are to take oath before assuming their respective charges, the electoral body said. The oath will be administered to the security and polling staff in compliance with the Election Act 2017. 

The affidavit, to be signed by the staff, states that the security personnel will perform their duties honestly and responsibly. It further adds that the security staff will fully implement the orders of ECP.     

According to the affidavit, the security personnel will perform their duties without any discrimination or fear.

Earlier on July 7, ECP had issued the code of conduct for security personnel deployed for election duties and to be deployed for security on polling day (July 25, 2018) inside and outside the polling stations.

According to the Code of Conduct, the security personnel belonging to law enforcement agencies deployed for election duties shall perform their duties in accordance with the law and within the confines of mandate assigned to armed forces to assist the ECP in conducting free, fair and transparent elections.