Code of conduct for 10,471 voters issued
M Jahangir Hayat
LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Monday issued code of conduct for the Associate Class polling on tomorrow (September 24) to smoothly execute the “festival like event,” which is being contested by Piaf Founder Alliance and Businessmen Front.
The PIAF-Founder, however, has made an unopposed clean sweep winning all the seven seats of Corporate Class and thus the fest on September 23 could not take place as the Lahore Businessmen Front failed to file even a single nomination for the corporate class while none of the other individual deposited their nomination papers.
Today, however, polling will be held for the Associate Class for which the LCCI management has taken landmark measure besides deploying high peace keeping contingent of police and the businessmen having the business volume below Rs 50 million will use their right of vote.
The LCCI issued a code of conduct in this context under Rule 19 of the Trade Organizations Rule 2013 for the Information of members which are as follow:
(1) The ballot papers shall have duly numbered counterfoils and the voter shall sign or affix thumb impression thereon in presence of polling agents of the candidates and the polling officer before the issuance of ballot papers to the voter.
(2) It shall be duty of the polling officer to verify identity of the voter. The only acceptable forms of identification shall be computerized national identity card, original identity card issued by the LCCI, passport and driving licence. The polling officer shall on the counterfoil enter the number of identification document.
(3) After satisfying himself with regard to identity of the voter, the polling officer shall hand over the ballot paper to the voter.
The ballot paper shall be signed by the Secretary General or an officer of the chamber duly authorized by the Election Commission and shall also be signed by the polling officer at the time when it is issued.
(5) Once the ballot paper has been issued to a voter, he shall not be allowed to leave the polling booth, without casting his vote in the ballot box.
(6) Adequate arrangements shall be made to maintain secrecy of the polls.
(7) Proper account shall be maintained by an officer designated by the Election Commission in respect of ballot papers including used, unused, tendered, challenged or spoiled ballot papers.
(8) The challenged votes shall be kept in a separate sealed envelope duly signed and sealed by the polling officer.
(9) The Election Commission or an officer designated by the commission shall decide about the challenged votes after verification of necessary information before the official announcement of the results.
(10) No ballot paper shall be invalid for failure to have cast all votes on all seats contested for in the said election.
(11) Counting of votes shall take place immediately after the polling hours under supervision of polling officer in presence of candidates or their polling agents, if any, at the designated sites.
(12) Provisional results may be declared by the Election Commission immediately after counting of the votes is completed.
(13) In the event of equality of votes between two or more candidates the result shall be decided on the basis of a draw conducted by the polling officer in presence of the candidates or their polling agents and a record of the result thereof shall be made.
(14) Having completed the counting and compilation of results, record pertaining to the elections shall be sealed and signed by the Election Commission or any officer designated by the Election Commission and the secretary general and shall be handed over to the secretary general for safe custody.
(15) Upon an application made in this behalf by the candidates within seven days of the date of polling and with approval of the Regulator, record of the elections shall be opened for inspection by the applicant in presence of the Election Commission.
LCCI Secretary General Shahid Khalil talking to Daily The Business said that the LCCI management has done everything possible to ensure the landmark measures for the facilitation and all satisfaction of the voters.
The management has also ensured the full cooperation of the local police for keeping peace enabling the 10,471 businessmen of Associate Class to use their right of vote, he stated.