LAHORE – MIAN DAWOOD - The Punjab Election Commission is facing ‘silent resistance’ from the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) on implementation of Code of Conduct for general elections by not removing the enlarged hoardings, banners and affix posters carrying pictures of various political figures, it is learnt.

A senior official of the Punjab Election Commission said the field officers were regularly surveying all the districts of province for monitoring the election campaigns after the formal announcement of election schedule. The official, who wished not to be named, said almost all the districts administrations were fully cooperating with the Election Commission on the matter of displaying the hoardings, banners and posters except the Lahore. There was also resistance by the Sheikhupura district administration, but they have now started cooperating with the election commission, he noted.

“We have repeatedly informed the CDGL to remove the enlarged hoardings, banners and posters of various politicians belonging to differing parties especially PML-N and PTI. But, unfortunately the city administration is playing a role of a silent spectator,” he pointed out.

He added they were preparing a report on responses of the CDGL headed by District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal that would be forwarded to provincial chief secretary and chief election commission for necessary action.

He maintained that the city administration was still under pressure of the Punjab government and helping the politicians who belong to PML-N.

When approached, Punjab Election Commissioner Syed Muhammad Tariq Qadri told this scribe that the city bureaucracy was reluctant to take actions as per the code of conduct.

“We have also not forced the CDGL to implement strictly the code of conduct as such practice is being held for the first time in country’s history and the people are not aware about it so far,” Tariq added.

The provincial election commission had achieved the target of implementing the same in all the districts, he added, hoping for the same response by the CDGL in Lahore in couple of days.

“I will personally start a survey within days along with field officers to observe the violation of code of conduct, and a report will be sent to CDGL to remove the hoardings, banners and posters” he said. He said only hoardings, banners and posters as per the size specified in the code of conduct could be displayed on roads, shops and other public places.

Lahore DCO Noorul Amin Mengal was not available for comments. However, CDGL spokesman said the city district government was fully obeying the direction of the election commission.

He claimed the DCO had written a letter to PHA to remove the hoardings, banners.