KP LG elections:  Gandapur brothers violating code of conduct 

Federal, provincial ministers use state machinery and influence to run their brother’s election campaign

By: News Desk      Published: 10:45 PM, 5 Dec, 2021
KP LG elections:  Gandapur brothers violating code of conduct 

Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur and his brother  KP Local Bodies Minister Faisal Gandapur have been violating the election code of conduct, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Sunday.

The two ministers have been using state machinery and influence during the campaign for their brother Umar Amin Gandapur who is in the run for a tehsil mayor seat.

Moreover, the federal minister changed his tone after KP CM Mahmood Khan made Faisal Gandapur provincial LG minister at a time when canvassing in 17 districts of the province was in full swing.

He has been hurling threats to contestants openly during election addresses. 

“If our opponents win, they will not be allowed to enter the government office the government office or get funds because the minister for local government is my brother” he said in an election rally. 

Their brother’s opponents, PPP's Faisal Kundi and JUI's Kafil Nizami have raised concerns at ‘pre-poll rigging’ and questioned as to why the district administration and the election commission have turned a blind eye to the matter.

A couple of days ago, the election commission served notice on opposition lawmaker on charges of violaction of code of conduct.

The Section 30 of the code of conduct for political parties says: “There will ban on public gatherings, processions and car rallies in connection with local bodies’ elections.

However, the candidates can arrange corner meetings and for this purpose they have to inform local administration beforehand so that necessary security precautions could be taken.”

According to the ECP code of conduct issued on November 4, the president, prime minister, chief minister, governor, speaker and deputy speaker of any assembly, chairman and deputy chairman of Senate, federal and provincial ministers, advisers to the prime minister or chief minster or any other holder of public office shall not visit the area of any local council to announce any development scheme or to canvass or campaign for any candidate or any political party.