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Army to be deployed inside, outside polling stations: ECP

ISLAMABAD (Muslim Times) – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday has decided to deploy army personnel both inside and outside polling stations to ensure security during general elections 2018.

The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan. The meeting attended by defence, interior and foreign secretaries, chief secretaries and inspector generals of police of all provinces reviewed security arrangements for the elections.

It was decided that foolproof security would be provided during printing of the ballot papers. For this purpose, army would be deployed at Security Printing Press from 27th of this month to 25th of next month.

Later, briefing newsmen Additional Director-General Media of Election Commission told newsmen that CCTV cameras would be installed at twenty thousand sensitive polling stations in the country.

He said close coordination would also be maintained with National Counter Terrorism Authority for security issues.

He said the meeting decided that foolproof security would also be provided to political leaders. He said it would be responsibility of the provinces to make necessary arrangements in this regard.

Similarly, provincial governments would also provide security to District Returning Officers, Returning Officers and Presiding Officers.

He said the Commission expressed satisfaction over security arrangements so far devised for the general elections.

General elections 2018 will be held on July-25 this year.

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