LAHORE - The Punjab Home department yesterday issued the “Code of Conduct” for the third phase of Local Bodies’ Elections.

A government spokesperson said that as per the code of conduct carrying and display of all kinds of weapons including the licensed one and aerial firing and firing had been prohibited under Section 144.

“There will be a ban on assembly of more than five people (other than voter lines) within 300 meters from outer boundary of the polling station both during polling as well as counting on the polling day.”

Similarly, organizing and taking out rallies and processions to celebrate electoral victory has also been banned. Surety bonds are obtained from all contestants to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during or after the polling day. The DCOs of all districts included in Phase-III would provide list of sensitive polling stations to the Home Department by November 30. The services of army and rangers will be acquired for maintaining law and order at sensitive polling stations.

Except casting their votes, local elected representatives will not be allowed to visit polling stations but they will ensure their positive role towards peaceful conduct of the elections. All contestants will deposit their licensed weapons with the concerned police station one week prior to polling.

The weapons will be returned to them three days after the polling day. Law enforcement agencies will ensure that no DRO/RO is victimized by the contestants or supporters. DROs will be given adequate security at their offices and residences and during their movement. The weapons used in various untoward incidents during Phase-I and II are being confiscated and licenses are being cancelled.