Rawalpindi - In total disregard to the election rules, many independent aspirants contesting Local Bodies elections started printing pictures of the leadership of different parties on their posters and banners in Rawalpindi aimed at mastering public support.

The unchecked exercise has been confusing the voters to ascertain the political affiliation of the candidates with no action on part of the District Election Commission.

Political pundits say the disgruntled workers of the ruling party who were denied party tickets have adopted the new strategy of using pictures of PML-N leadership to break the vote bank of those candidates contesting elections with the symbol of tiger.

Earlier, a PML-N candidate for LBs polls from UC-2 Hafiz Abdullah Butt had lodged a complaint with district election commission against his opponent independent panel, including Raja Tasaduq and Raja Jamil, contesting for slots of chairman and vice chairman, for running their campaign by printing the pictures of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, CM Mian Shehbaz Sharif on their banners, posters and flexes despite having election symbol of ‘Beer’.

Furthermore, two independent candidates Jamil Ahmed Khan and Chaudhry Muhammad Gulfam of an independent panel contesting election from UC-82 Morgah on symbol diamond are running their election campaign by printing huge sized pictures of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and MPA Chauhdry Sarfraz Afzal on their posters.

The posters have been displayed in every nook and corner of the UC for mustering public support in LBs polls.

Talking to The Nation yesterday, Raja Itrat, a local resident of Jhamra, said that it has become difficult for common people to decide for which candidate they cast votes due to their election tactics. 

“Jamil Khan is contesting the LBs polls as an independent candidate after PML-N refused him party ticket. But now he again using pictures of N-League leaders for begging votes from people,” he said. “The candidates should make clear their programme,” he said.

PTI candidate for LBs election from UC-82 Morgah for slot of vice chairman Muhammad Shafique when contacted said that his panel would not challenge the act of Jamil Khan with the election commission as he (Shafique) was hopeful that they would beat Jamil Khan in elections.

When contacted, independent candidate Jamil Khan said that N-League had left the US-82 Morgah open. He said that he was the diehard activist of PML-N and after winning this seat he would gift it to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

An official of the District Election Commission however when approached said that ECP imposed ban on candidates for running election campaign by printing pictures of leaders of other parties. He said that the candidates could only go among the masses on the election allotted by ECP.