The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a notice to ban the use of social media and video streaming sites in its offices across the country.

According to the notification, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and video streaming sites such as YouTube will be blocked at ECP’s national secretariat in Islamabad and provincial offices across the country.

ECP Deputy Director Syed A Rahman Zafar sent a letter in this regard to the provincial commissioners of Punjab, Sindh, KPK and Balochistan. He stated that blocking the social media sites on ECP networks will reduce malware attacks and “ensure the discipline of using electronic resources up to the optimum level”. The letter further read,

“…the Competent Authority has directed to block social media websites (i.e. Youtube, Facebook, Twitter etc.) on all networks of ECP secretariat as well as PEC offices including field offices with immediate effect,”

The provincial commissioners have been directed to ensure that social media and streaming sites are blocked immediately with the help of provincial general managers of PTCL and National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC).