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Political parties, independents gear up for final power show

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As the nation gears up for general elections 2018, electioneering and campaigning of all political parties are to end 48 hours prior to the polls.

According to the Elections Act 2017, all political activities must wrap up by midnight tonight.

Hence, all political parties have geared up for their last day of campaigning. The law prohibits any rallies or jalsas held after the prescribed deadline.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has also issued a code of conduct to political parties and independents. Section 182 of the Act sets the 48-hour deadline for the electables after which no rallies or corner meetings will be allowed.

Print and electronic media will also be barred from carrying advertisements promoting political parties.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif will be present at Punjab’s Dera Ghazi Khan and Rawalpindi rallies to address the party’s stronghold areas in the province.

Meanwhile, Hamza Shehbaz will be leading a rally in Lahore from Mochi Gate to Data Darbar.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Imran Khan has dedicated the party’s last campaigning day to the provincial capital of Lahore from the previously determined Islamabad. He will speak to the people of NA-125, NA-128, NA-131 and NA-134.

Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will also be present in Jacobabad and Shikarpur in Sindh. Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, including Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Sirajul Haq, will have a show of strength in Islamabad. While the Muttahida Qaumi Movement will be flaunting their popularity at Karachi’s Liaquatabad flyover.

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