The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that the campaign for Senate election in the country will come to an end by midnight tonight.
The Commission has asked all the political parties and the contesting candidates to follow the provisions of law and exercise self-restraint so that the poll is held in an orderly and peaceful manner on Wednesday.
The Senate is a permanent legislative body that symbolizes a process of continuity in national affairs. The term of its members is six years.
However, one-half of its members retire every three years. A casual vacancy in the Senate, caused by resignation, death, incapacitation, disqualification or removal of a member, is filled through election by the respective Electoral College and the member so elected holds office for the unexpired term of the member whose vacancy he has filled.
A person seeking election to the Senate should not be less than thirty years of age and should be registered as a voter in an area or province from where he seeks election and should meet other qualifications prescribed under Article 62 of the Constitution.
Code of Conduct
It is worth mentioning here that ECP last week issued the code of conduct for the forthcoming Senate elections on March 3, according to which the president of Pakistan and the governors won’t take part in the campaign for the polls or use their residences for the purpose.
Political parties and the candidates will abide by the rules set for peaceful and organized polls. “No one will be allowed to speak against the state, its sovereignty, stability, or interest.”
The concerned will also have to abstain from issuing statements that could harm the independent status of the judiciary, Parliament, or the military.
The authority further restrained the concerned from any propaganda against Islam or the ideology of Pakistan. “All parties and the candidates will abstain from causing any harm to ECP’s stature.”