ISLAMABAD - With just a day left for local bodies (LB) polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, almost every political party contesting the election has its share in violation of the codes of conduct established by election authorities as fresh notices were served Thursday on Speaker KP Assembly Asad Qaiser.

From Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan to Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Senator Sirajul Haq and from Chief of Qaumi Waatan Party (QWP) Aftab Khan Sherpao to PML-N leader and Deputy Speaker National Assembly, there has a brazen violation of the codes of conduct established by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Although the ECP amended its rules to further bar politicians and candidates from taking part in election boosting campaign once the schedule is announced, yet majority of political parties in KP breached the rules triggering the commission to serve notice on almost a daily routine on those violating the codes of conduct.

According to the details compiled by ECP, PTI Chief Imran Khan was the first to turn a blind eye by arranging an election rally in Haripur followed by JI Ameer Sirajul Haq who also participated in election campaign.

PML-N leader and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Raja Javed Murtaza was summoned by ECP to appear before its court for explaining as to why he had inaugurated development schemes in his constituency. Abbasi, however, tendered apology to the court pledging not to violate the rules in future.

Imran and Siraj, however, have not personally appeared before the court and instead sent their respective lawyers in order to assure the ECP that they would not breach the codes of conduct again.

For the last three weeks, the ECP has been summoning those who have violated the rules grilling the politicians for disrespecting the established rules. In some cases, the ECP has heard several petitions on a single day.

On Thursday, the commission issued notices to Aftab Khan Sherpao, his party’s MPA Khalid Khan and Speaker KP Assembly Asad Qaiser to appear before its court on Friday, a day before KP goes to polls on Saturday.

Few days back, the ECP had summoned a prayer leader in Malakand who is also Arabic teacher for violating the codes by using loudspeaker of the mosque for election-related campaigns.

Two days back, Federal Minister for Housing Akram Durrani and senior leader of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) was summoned to the court for inaugurating uplift schemes in his hometown Bannu despite the ban by ECP.

PTI leaders including Mushtaq Ghani, Provincial Minister for Higher Education, MPA Ayub Akbar, Advisor to Chief Minister KP and three other MPAs have also been issued notices for violating the code of conducts. Even Chief Secretary KP Amjad Ali Khan and Secretary Elementary Education of the province have also pleaded their cases and tendered apology to ECP for issuing funds to certain areas when there was complete ban on release of development funds during election time.

Although the ECP under its Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retired) Sardar Raza Khan has repeatedly warned of taking action against violators of the LB codes, yet nobody has so far been punished accordingly.

Most of the complaints filed with ECP about breach of election rules have either come from independent candidates or submitted by opposition party in KP Awami National Party (ANP) accusing the candidates for using state machinery in polls campaigns.