ISLAMABAD - Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has warned the public office holders, including Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, ministers and advisors to President, of contempt proceedings under section 103A of Representation of People Act, 1976 if any of them misused his/her official position to influence result of any elections in any manner whatsoever. This was said by the Chief Election Commissioner in the directives issued on Tuesday to the Chief Secretaries for ensuring free, fair, impartial and transparent conduct during by-polls. An ECP press release said that these directives were in line with the decision taken by the Chief Election Commissioner in a meeting held on September 16 which was attended by Rehman Malik, Federal Minister for Interior, Rana Sanaullah, Law Minister, Punjab, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Information Minister, KPK, Secretary Interior, Chief Secretaries and Home Secretaries of all the four provinces. It was decided with full consensus that if any directive is issued by the ECP to ensure conduct of free, fair, and transparent elections, the Federal as well as provincial Governments will ensure full compliance with all such directives and in case of any failure on part of any one, responsibility will be fixed and necessary action will be taken in accordance with the constitution and law. It said that the executive authorities in the Federation and in the provinces would neither use the State resources anywhere in Pakistan for giving unfair advantage to a particular candidate or political party nor exercise undue influence affecting the interest of a candidate or party for participating in any elections to be held hereinafter. It says if any person misuses his official position in any manner calculated to influence the results of the elections, he may be tried by a Court of Sessions as contemplated under Section 95 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 and, if found guilty of the offence, may be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both under Section 92 of the Act. Moreover, bulk transfers/postings of the civil servants shall not be made after the issuance of schedule of an election till the completion thereof. Individual transfers/postings of civil servants shall also not be made after the issuance of schedule of an election except under exceptional circumstances, in exigency of service and in public interest, with prior approval of the Election Commission. Furthermore, after the issuance of schedule of an election, the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, Federal Ministers, State Ministers, Advisors to the President and the Prime Minister, Provincial Ministers and Advisors to the Chief Ministers will neither visit the area of any constituency where an election is being held nor shall openly or in secret give any subscription or donation or make promise for giving such subscription or donation to any institution of a constituency, nor shall inaugurate, commit to undertake or announce any development project therein for the advancement of the campaign of a candidate of his choice and thereby influence the results of that election. The Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, Federal Ministers, State Ministers, Advisors to the President and the Prime Minister, Provincial Ministers and Advisors to the Chief Ministers or any person on their behalf shall not visit the Constituency or a polling station after the issuance of schedule of an election till the completion of polls.