Islamabad - The city administration yesterday came into action after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) noticed the candidates making a mockery of the code of conduct of polls ahead of the first-ever local governments’ elections in the federal capital.

The contestants are spending extravagantly for the upcoming LG polls to be held on November 30, 2015. On the direction of ECP, the deputy commissioner Islamabad has ordered his teams to remove banners, billboards and posters larger than the prescribed size. The candidates have pasted posters and stickers on streetlights, traffic signals and signboards, which are the state property. They have also displayed hoardings, banners and posters of the size larger than prescribed by the ECP which compelled the ECP to issue directions to the city administration in this regard.

According to the code of conduct, no political party or candidate shall permit his followers to make use of any individual’s land, building, compound, wall, etc without his/her permission for erecting flags, banners, posters and written slogans. Under section 83-A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976, no person or political party could affix hoarding, posters or banners larger than the prescribed size. The size of a poster should not be more than 2X3 feet, hoarding 3X5 feet and banners 3X9 feet. Similarly, the size of stickers and handbills should be 4”X4” and 9”X6” respectively.

The deputy commissioner directed the magistrates and assistant commissioners to remove the violation of code of conduct. Assistant Commissioner Industrial Area, Shoaib Ali visited different areas of Lohi Bher, Kirpa and Koral with his teams to launch a crackdown on the display of posters and banners bigger than the prescribed size. He said that ECP has imposed ban on the display of banners and posters bigger than the prescribed size. “The action is being taken after the ECP directed the district administration to remove the violations,” he told the media.