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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the local government election monitoring teams and district supervisors in the remaining 18 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the second phase.

The ECP issued a notice under Section 220 of the Constitution and Section 218(3) read under Section 234 of the Electoral Act 2017 and all other powers delegated for this purpose.

According to the terms of reference, Section 234, subsection 1 of the Electoral Act 2017, the monitoring team will report a candidate or political party for breaching any provision of the Electoral Act 2017 and the Election Rules 2017, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Locality 2013 The Government Act, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Rules 2021 and the Code of Conduct issued by the ECP in the constituencies or districts under its jurisdiction, have been notified to the District Supervisor via Form Ml.

The Monitoring Group will collect information on any political activity, assembly, assembly or incident for monitoring from the relevant regional administration or authorities, and such authorities are obliged to provide the information promptly upon request by the Monitoring Group or designated officials by the Commission.

Likewise, if any violations are found, they will be reported on Form-M-1 and reported to the District Ombudsman through the fastest possible means of communication for decision, if the District Ombudsman orders removal or correction of such violations (if available). move or correctable), the relevant authorities carry out the order with the assistance of the head of the local administration, under the security provided by the local police authority.

The local authority will appoint an officer of not lower than 17 rank for this purpose, hereinafter referred to as the special management, and the police authority will provide reasonable security personnel under the command of a police officer of not lower than the rank of deputy inspector to carry out the district inspector general or inspector. group command.

A regional ombudsman or monitoring team may request any information from any authority, and that authority must comply.

The Monitoring Group may investigate any concern that has any covert or overt campaign purpose and affects in any way, directly or indirectly, the electoral process, and may culminate in an investigation or investigation by any such authority if it finds Persons guilty of violations will be reported to the District Ombudsman for an order or decision.

It added that the District Ombudsman will decide the matter in accordance with the provisions of Section 234 Subsections 3 and 4 of the Electoral Act 2017.

The DMO will maintain a constituency-wise record of all complaints provided by the Oversight Team on Form M-I on Form M-II. As stated in Article 171(3) of the 2017 Election Rules, the daily comprehensive report of the jurisdiction constituencies will be submitted to the Commission through the Provincial Oversight Coordinator, who will report to the Secretariat, the Provincial Election Commission on the same day.

The DMO will give instructions to any authority to comply with the provisions of the Act, Rule or Code of Conduct issued by the Commission and to take steps to implement it in letter and spirit.

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