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AJK polls: New code of conduct for media coverage

By Syed Abbas Gardezi
July 15, 2021

MUZAFFARABAD: A high-level meeting of the Election Commission was held here on Wednesday to finalize the code of conduct for media in connection with holding of general elections in Azad Kashmir. Senior member of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Election Commission Raja Muhammad Farooq Niaz chaired the meeting.

According to details, the media persons belonging to print, electronic and social media will desist from giving any comments on the basis of unconfirmed news.

They will provide credible information and guidance to the general public regarding holding of peaceful and impartial conduct of the elections. The entry pass for media coverage will be issued according to the list of media persons provided by the Secretary Information. Direct access to the control room by the print, electronic and media groups will not be allowed.

About 10 to 15 journalists will be allowed for press coverage for polling stations at every district, however, permission for this coverage will be granted on the recommendations of the Secretary Information. According to the code of conduct, making video footage during counting of votes will not be allowed, however, footage will be allowed outside the polling stations and booths.