Islamabad: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) today ruled that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not violate the election code of conduct in his recent press conference in Lahore.

As per code of conduct, the ECP said, “the prime minister and ministers cannot ask for votes from the voters after once the election campaign ends.”

“The government officials can also not announce development schemes as per the election code of conduct,” the ECP added.

The ECP statement comes a few minutes after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) demanded the commission to take notice of the prime minister’s presser, which he condemned as violation of election code of conduct.

“The prime minister led a rally by addressing a press conference a day before by-election which is violation of election code of conduct,” Qureshi said while talking to a private TV channel.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a press conference in Lahore in which he talked about ongoing energy projects and the performance of his government.

The chief election commissioner said that the commission is closely monitoring the implementation of code of conduct and that its violation would not be tolerated. He said that the secretary of the commission is in constant contact with the provincial election commissioners.