The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set the gears in motion for the upcoming general elections, calling for an immediate action plan from provincial governments and law enforcement agencies to ensure secure and smooth polling processes.
Under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, a crucial meeting was convened to finalize arrangements for the election. The commission emphasized the need for a comprehensive security blueprint to maintain peace and order during the electoral proceedings. Reports suggest that the army’s assistance has been solicited, marking a pivotal decision by the Election Commission.
During the meeting, Secretary Election Commission highlighted the completion of reconciliations regarding constituencies' objections. It was announced that the final constituencies would be officially unveiled on November 30. Additionally, the printing of electoral lists is in progress at NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority), with a focus on timely distribution to the designated returning officers.
The Commission assured that the code of conduct, crafted in consultation with various political parties, is finalized and will soon be officially notified. They underscored the completion of necessary arrangements for training district returning officers, returning officers, and polling staff. The timely printing of ballot papers is also on track, along with the procurement of essential election materials.
To fulfill the mammoth task of staffing polling stations, the ECP has reached out to the chief secretaries of the provinces, requesting 1 million polling staff. Additionally, the Secretary Energy, Governor of the State Bank, and the Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue have been approached for the lists of officers required for election duties.
In a bid to bolster security measures, the electoral watchdog has urged provincial governments and law enforcement agencies to submit their detailed security plans within a week, signaling the gravity of ensuring a secure and transparent electoral process.