ECP summons key meeting to discuss election security

Islamabad (HRNW): The Election Commission of Pakistan will hold an important meeting in Islamabad on Thursday (June 14) regarding the security arrangements for upcoming general elections. It will be attended amongst others by the provincial election commissioners, chief and home secretaries and Inspector General’s of all the four provinces. Last month, the ECP had reviewed progress over procurement of security cameras for installation, provision of missing facilities at polling stations and availability of sufficient polling staff. It was informed during a meeting, attended by chief secretaries of all provinces, that security cameras would be installed at most sensitive polling stations during the upcoming general elections for four days.

It was decided that heightened security measures will be taken for the upcoming general elections keeping in mind the recent attack on former Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. “Providing security at the polling stations is a big challenge,” ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob was quoted as saying during the meeting. He said the ECP risked sabotage if any of the returning officers (RO) faced any kind of security risk.

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