ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has banned postings and transfers of all government officials across the country.

According to a notification issued by the electoral body on Tuesday, the president, caretaker prime minister, chairman, deputy chairman Senate, federal ministers, ministers of state, governors, chief ministers, provincial ministers and advisor to the prime minister and the chief ministers and other public office-bearers, after the issuance of elections’ schedule, will not visit the area of any constituency.

Legal action will be taken against all violators, the ECP stated.

The notification says the executive authorities in the federation and in the provinces shall not use state resources anywhere in Pakistan for unfair advantage of a particular candidate or political party nor exercise undue influence affecting the interest of a candidate or party for participating in any election to be held hereinafter.

Pertinent to mention here that in the past, the electoral babus have issued such directions carrying tall claims but the same were blatantly disregarded by the politicians. After every such episode, the electoral baboos, instead of learning from the past and admitting their mistakes, issue fresh directions thus inviting the media attention to become a laughing stock.

One of the baboos who issued the related notification on Tuesday also attempted to grab publicity by cheap methods. He made public a letter sent to a senior official of the Printing Corporation of Pakistan that was not to be shared publicly.