ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision on violation of election rules and regulations by ministers and members of the parliament during by polls and restored Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) code of conduct for elections.

A 3-member bench of SC, headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, took up for hearing ECP petition today.

Ibrahim Satti, counsel for ECP, appeared in the court and told ECP code of conduct  on election were framed in the light of SC decision in workers party case and article 218 of the constitution.

“This code of conduct is aimed at ensuring fairness and transparency in general elections. In the absence of this code of conduct, the ministers and parliamentarians visit their constituencies and try to influence electoral process by announcing development projects. It is requested that ECP code of conduct be restored,”  he prayed.

The court suspended the LHC decision and restored ECP code of conduct on by polls and other matters .