ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked relevant departments of the federal government and private utility organisations to provide the list of utility bills defaulter politicians, to stop them from contesting the general elections.The commission on Saturday also directed all Returning Officers to disqualify candidates displaying lethal weapons and carrying out aerial firing while submitting the nomination papers. The officials have been asked to ensure complete compliance to the elections Code of Conduct.This code also bans carrying and display of all kinds of weapons and fire arms, and use of crackers and other explosives in public meetings and processions during the election campaign. The ban on weapons will also be applicable on the polling day and it will remain in force until 24 hours after the consolidation of official results by the Returning Officers.On Saturday, an ECP letter number F.1 (1) 2013-ADG (Elec) asked the departments concerned to provide a copy of the list of utility bills defaulters “through hard and soft copy at the earliest to proceed further on the matter in accordance with law”. The commission had earlier asked the politicians, particularly the general elections’ contestants, to pay their outstanding utility bills by this month, and it is set to reject the nomination papers of the defaulters by April 7.The ECP letter is addressed to the Ministry of Housing and Workers secretary, National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) chairman, Water and Power Development Authority Chairman, managing directors of Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited (SSGPL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman, Capital Development Authority chairman, and controllers/estate officers at Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Kashmir Houses in Islamabad. “This may be treated as most urgent,” the letter tells the recipients.Earlier this week, the ECP had asked the Islamabad Electric Supply Corporation (IESCO) and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) to provide the list of electricity and phone bills defaulter ex-lawmakers. These bodies provided the names of over 300 former parliamentarians defaulting on utility bills – PTCL gave a list of 284 while IESCO list contained 21 names.The electricity defaulters include bigwigs like Rehman Malik, Hina Rabbani Khar, Manzoor Wattoo, Farooq H Naek and Latif Khosa. Malik is liable to pay 4.7 million rupees to ISECO. The phone bills defaulters also include Rehman Malik who owes PTCL Rs20,000.Other major phone bills defaulters are: Ch Nisar Ali Khan Rs80,000, Chauhdry Pervaiz Elahi Rs26,000, Manzoor Wattoo Rs271,000, Hafeez Sheikh Rs93,000, Faisal Kareem Kundi Rs100,000, Qamar Zaman Kaira Rs 97,000, Hina Rabbani Khar Rs38,000, Makhdoom Amin Faheem Rs37,000, Fazlur Rehman Rs53,000, Nadeem Chan Rs31,000, Farooq Sattar Rs200,000 and Jamshed Dasti Rs13,000.The election commission however relaxed on Saturday the condition of opening a new bank account for the candidates to justify their election expenditures within the announced limits. A spokesman said the ECP has decided that candidates may also provide the number of their existing account in any bank to the Returning Officers on the day of scrutiny of nomination papers.He said the decision has been taken following the calls from the candidates who said it was not possible for them to open new bank accounts on Sunday (March 31, 2013), the weekly holiday. They said they could not give the account number in relevant column of the nomination form on last date fixed for the purpose.ECP Secretary on Saturday said the commission has constituted 400 teams to monitor election expenditures by the candidates and political parties. He also said the ECP would take action against officials involved in irregularities and damaging the election process. He said error-free voter lists have been prepared first time in the history of the country and ECP would take all possible steps to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.