CEC AJK puts ban on fed­eral min­is­ters’ heli elec­tion­eer­ing in AJK

AJK elec­tion­eer­ing

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

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.

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