Army to guard polling stations across Pakistan, CCTV cameras to be installed


ISLAMABAD (By Lala Hassan) Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced that Army personnel would be deployed both inside and outside polling stations to ensure security during the General Election 2018.

The decision was taken at a meeting held in Islamabad here on Thursday with Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan in the chair, which reviewed security arrangements for upcoming elections.

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

The electoral watchdog has also decided to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at more than 20,000 polling stations throughout Pakistan.

Nadeem Qasim, the spokesperson of Election Commission of Pakistan while talking to the media said closed-circuit television cameras would be installed at 20,000 sensitive polling stations across the country.

The ECP official said close coordination would also be maintained with National Counter Terrorism Authority to prevent untoward incidents.

Moreover, he added, it was decided foolproof security would be provided to political leaders, for which provinces will make necessary arrangements.

The provincial government would also be responsible for the security of district returning officers, returning officers and presiding officers.

The meeting was attended by secretaries, provincial election commissioners, IGPs and other officials.

Polling will be conducted on July 25.

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