Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif. Pic/AFP
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has been barred by the Election Commission of Pakistan from taking part in his own by-election campaign to a National Assembly seat left vacant after the disqualification of his elder brother and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
According to the code of conduct issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), constitutional dignitaries, including the President, the Prime Minister and the provincial Chief Ministers, have been barred from visiting the constituency or a polling station after the issuance of the schedule for the September 17 polls.
The code of conduct came into effect this week immediately after the ECP announced the election schedule for Lahore National Assembly seat.
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