ECP issues show-cause notice to Bilawal, others for Larkana visit ahead of by-election – Pakistan

The Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued a justified cause notice to the PPP president, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, and other party leaders for visiting Larkana's PS-11 constituency before a partial election.

Bilawal had visited Larkana on Saturday to lead the electoral campaign of his party's candidate, Jamil Soomro, in the polls in the constituency of the PS-11 Sindh Assembly, scheduled for October 17. The head of the PPP addressed the demonstrations of the party in Nazar Mohalla and areas of Pakistan Chowk in Larkana.

According to Paragraph 17 of the ECP Code of Conduct, no member of parliament may visit a constituency where partial elections are scheduled after the election dates have been notified.

In his notification of October 12, ECP ordered the PPP president to "explain [his] position "within a day and warned that not doing so will result in disciplinary action.

"Being a member of the National Assembly, I was fully aware of the announcement of the partial election calendar," the notification said.

A similar notice was also issued for PPP leaders, who also visited Larkana, including Nisar Khuhro, Sharjeel Memon, Syed Nasir Shah, Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Sohail Anwar Siyal and others, with the same instructions.

The PCE had announced that the partial elections would be held in the PS-11 after Moazzam Abbasi, of the Great Democratic Alliance, was wanted by the Supreme Court in August.


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