ECP imposes ban on advertisements political party logo, name, images

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has imposed a complete ban on advertisements in the print or electronic media bearing any political party logo, political party name, images of political party leaders and/or directly or indirectly promoting any political party or candidate and issued directive to the Federal and Provincial Governments to ensure its implementation in letter and spirit.

It has been noted with concern by the ECP that as the forthcoming elections are approaching, there are frequent advertisements appearing in the print and electronic media which highlight the achievements of the incumbent Federal and Provincial Governments and that these advertisements with party symbols are being used to promote political parties by placing party symbols and images of party leaders therein.

Such advertisements should not be promoting party interests at the expense of public money and thus are against the norm of level playing field, which cannot be allowed to continue as it would amount to misuse the resources from the public exchequer for their own self-interest.

Needless to say that the Election Commission is bound to ensure free, fair and transparent elections under Article 218(3) of the Constitution and this duty has been reiterated in the recent judgement of the Supreme Court passed in the Workers Party Pakistan’s petition No.87 of 2011, in para 47 whereof, the Apex Court has inter alia observed that “the Election Commission is fully empowered and independent to do all that is necessary to fulfill its constitutional mandate and instruct that it do so.

Source: Agencies