In preparation for the upcoming 2024 general elections, the Election Commission on Monday finalised a budget of 243.4 million rupees for the crucial task of printing ballot papers.
Sources privy to the development said that out of the total budget, Rs120.24 million will be allocated for National Assembly ballot papers, while the four provincial assemblies will see an expenditure of Rs121.2 million.
This meticulous distribution emphasizes the Commission's dedication to maintaining transparency at every level of government.
Three-pronged printing approach
To enhance security features, watermark ballot papers will be printed through the collaborative efforts of three major printing presses.
The Security Printing Corporation, contributing 25% of the total, stands as a stalwart in secure document production. The Postal Foundation, responsible for 40% of the ballot papers, is a reliable entity with a national footprint. The Printing Corporation, handling 35% of the overall production, adds a crucial layer to safeguard the electoral process.
Meanwhile, the electoral watchdog is also considering deploying military personnel both inside and outside the three designated printing corporations.
This move aims to fortify the printing process, preventing any unauthorized interference and ensuring the integrity of the electoral process.
Logistics and delivery under close watch
As part of the comprehensive security plan, the delivery of printed ballot papers from the presses to District Returning Officers (DRs) and Returning Officers (ROs) will be conducted under stringent security measures.
The presence of troops is expected to provide an added layer of protection during this crucial transit phase.
As the nation braces itself for the 2024 general elections, the Election Commission's meticulous planning and resource allocation underscore its commitment to conducting free, fair, and secure elections, instilling confidence in the democratic process.