The Election Commission of Pakistan has issued a notification across the country, which imposes a ban on social media websites and YouTube. The notification was issued today, Tuesday, withholding the ban throughout ECP offices.
The social media websites including Twitter, YouTube and Facebook will be barred from usage in all of ECP’s provincial offices and in Islamabad.
In a letter, obtained by Express Tribune, sent to the provincial election commissioners of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, Deputy Director Syed A Rahman Zafar has claimed that blocking social media and video streaming sites on Election Commission’s networks “will minmise malware attacks and ensure the discipline of using electronic resources up to the optimum level”.
“…the Competent Authority has directed to block social media websites (ie Youtube, Facebook, Twitter etc) on all networks of ECP secretariat as well as PEC offices, including field offices with immediate effect.”
The commissioners belonging to provincial election have been notified that the orders should be followed, leading to a complete ban on websites across ECP offices. The reason behind this ban is alleged to be the prevention of malware attacks interfering with the work of election commission and indiscipline that is being caused due to the excessive use of social media.