Islamabad - The Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday unveiled a blueprint regarding the printing and dispatch of ballot papers for the upcoming general election and sent it to the four provincial election commissioners, the Pakistan National Security Printing Corporation, the Pakistan Post Foundation and the Pakistan Printing Corporation Press Islamabad.

Under the action plan, all the provincial election commissioners have been directed to get details of the number of ballot papers from the returning officers concerned and provide the same to the aforementioned printing presses by June 30 so that printing of ballot papers could be started at the earliest.

The ECP has also sent a letter to the Pakistan Army for foolproof security arrangements during the printing and dispatch of the ballot papers.

Meanwhile, the ECP monitoring teams have started taking action against violators of the code of conduct to ensure free, fair and transparent general election scheduled for July 25.

“The ECP teams have started removing posters and banners violating the approved size under the polls code,” the ECP said, directing political parties and individuals to follow the code of conduct in the upcoming general election in letter and spirit.

The ECP also directed the respective administrations and monitoring teams to take strict action against the violators aimed at providing a level playing field to every contestant.

The ECP warned that it would not tolerate any violation on account of the publicity material.

As per the code of conduct, no person or a political party shall affix or distribute posters, handbills, pamphlets, leaflets, banners or portraits, larger than the sizes prescribed by the commission.

The ECP has appointed as many as 492 monitoring teams throughout the country to monitor the election campaign for the general election.

According to an official notification, 99, 297, 130, 51, 12 and 3 teams have been constituted in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, FATA and the federal capital respectively to monitor the election campaign of the candidates both for the national and provincial assemblies.

The ECP in its code of conduct issued a few days back said there will be a complete ban on the use of panaflex and hoardings. The size of posters and banners in the election campaign have also been fixed.

It has also prohibited the use of pictures of irrelevant persons on banners.

The ECP has directed all stakeholders to strictly comply with the code and warned that strict action will be taken against the violators.

Meanwhile, the ECP assured a delegation of Muttahida Qabail that every possible effort will be made to hold elections in the erstwhile FATA for the KP provincial assembly at the earliest.

The assurance was given by election commission officials to the delegation at a meeting held in Islamabad on Friday.

The ECP informed the delegation that under the Constitution, the commission will complete delimitation of constituencies for sixteen seats of FATA in KP Assembly within one-year after the general election 2018.