Islamabad (Staff Report): Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday put a ban on hirings made by federal, provincial and local governments in light of the upcoming general elections.

However, there will be no ban on the hirings by federal and provincial public service commissions.

According to the statement issued by the ECP , there will be a hiring freeze in appointments made by federal, provincial and local governments.

The ECP remarked that all the authorities concerned have been made aware of the hiring freeze. The step seeks to ensure the transparency of the upcoming general elections, the statement added.

Moreover, the implementation of all the development schemes, which have been taken after April 1, will also be put to a halt.