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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has directed all political and candidates to halt their campaigns regarding upcoming Senate elections by midnight on Monday.

According to a notification issued by the ECP, all the Senate election campaigns would come to an end on the midnight of March 1 and March 2, 24 hours before the polling day.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalized all arrangements regarding the Senate elections to be held on the 3rd of March. Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had notified a code of conduct for the upcoming Senate elections.

The Election Commission in a statement issued on Monday said that all members will be banned from carrying mobile phones in the polling booth. Ballot papers cannot be photographed.

The president and governors will not run the campaign for the Senate election, the ECP said, adding that casting vote in exchange for gifts or to intimidate for votes will be prohibited.

The successful candidate will submit the details of election expenses to the Returning Officer within five days, the ECP instructed.

Transactions related to election expenses should be done with GST registered institutions or individuals, read the statement. Expenses incurred by a political party or anyone else will also be considered as expenses of the candidate, it added.

In its instructions, the ECP said that the expenditure should be made only from a specific bank account. Getting help from government offices or employees will be prohibited.

Distorting the official mark on the ballot paper would be considered corrupt. The radicalizing judiciary, armed forces and the election commission must be avoided. The Election Commission has also sought public support for the effective implementation of the code of conduct.

The public has been asked to report any violation to the Election Commission. Violations of the Code of Conduct will be prosecuted under the Election Act 2017.