Code of Conduct For Polling Personnel For The General Elections 2013

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CODE OF CONDUCT FOR POLLING PERSONNEL

FOR THE GENERAL ELECTIONS, 2013

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part II,

8th March, 2013]

No. F.2 (10)/2013-Cord (2), dated 7-3-2013.---In exercise of the powers conferred upon it under Article 218(3) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan read with section 104 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 and all other powers enabling it in that behalf, the Election Commission of Pakistan is pleased to issue the Code of Conduct for Polling Personnel for the General Elections, 2013 and subsequent bye-elections:

(1) Presiding Officer shall not follow any instructions except those given by the District Returning Officer and/or Returning Officer (RO).

(2) Assistant Presiding Officers and Polling Officers shall obey the instructions of the Presiding Officer during the conduct of poll.

(3) Polling personnel shall especially focus on punctuality, accuracy and proper communication with superiors.

(4) lf, for any reason, any of the polling personnel cannot perform his/her duty, he/she shall inform concerned Presiding Officer without any delay who will convey it immediately to the RO concerned.

(5) All the polling personnel shall perform their duties in a neutral manner and treat all the voters, representatives of political parties and candidates, media and observers without any bias.

(6) Polling personnel shall not involve themselves in any political activity nor shall they express any political preference during performance of their duty at the polling stations.

(7) Polling personnel shall not wear any symbol of any political party or candidate.

(8) Polling Personnel shall pay special attention on protection of voters' rights and secrecy of vote.

(9) Presiding Officers shall endeavor to resolve any problem at the polling station in order to ensure an uninterrupted conduct of voting.

(10) Polling Personnel should show proper courtesy to all voters and attendants at the polling place and shall accommodate illiterate and disabled voters and facilitate their voting, while protecting their right to secrecy.

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