CEC AJK puts ban on federal ministers’ heli electioneering in AJK
OUR CORRESPONDENT ISLAMABAD—Chief Election Commissioner Mr Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal has slapped ban on electioneering by federal ministers in AJK by helicopters. Neither the federal ministers could enter AJK with official privileges for conducting election campaigns in AJK. A ban is already operative on AJK Prime Minister and Ministers for using official vehicles for running election campaigns in the territory.
Reports say that for all 41 seats of AJK Assembly House 660 candidates had filed their nomination papers. Out of this lot 35 nominations have been rejected by concerned electoral authorities in AJK.
The CEC’s imposed restrictions form part of the Polls Code of Conduct. Its violations will be liable to legal action by the CEC.
The pattern of electioneering in AJK is the same levelling of charges and counter-charges of misuse of official funds by the cadre of one party or the other. All electoral contestants are claiming ‘stunning’ victories in coming polls. The process of changing affiliations by workers is still active in each of the 29 AJK constituencies.
Reports further say electioneering in 12 AJK Assembly seats in Pakistan is a quite non-heated event; contestants are mostly depending on ‘unseen generosity’ from some hidden hands.
The break-up of these 12 constituencies is this: six seats for Kashmir Valley refugees and six seats for Jammu and Others JK nationals.