ECP decides to deploy Army, Rangers for Islamabad LG polls


ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to deploy Armed Forces personnel and Rangers for security and peaceful conduct of Local Government elections in the capital on November 30, 2015.
The decision was made at an important meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (R) Sardar Raza Khan at ECP Headquarters.
The meeting was held to review arrangements, logistics, security issues and printing of ballot papers with regards to conduct of Local Government Elections in Islamabad Capital Territory.
Members of the Election Commission, Secretary Interior, IG Police, Chief Commissioner Islamabad, MD PCP, DRO Islamabad and senior officers of the Election Commission were present.
Agreeing to the proposal of the Inspector General of Police Islamabad about deployment of Rangers at each polling station, the CEC said under Article 218(3) of the Constitution, it is duty of the Election Commission to conduct Local Government Elections in ICT in a free, fair and transparent manner by providing level playing field to all the contesting candidates and political parties.
District Returning Officer (DRO) briefed the ECP about the structure of Local Government in ICT, printing of ballot papers and
other arrangements made so far in this regard.
The IG Police briefed the Commission about security plan while the Chief Commissioner Islamabad highlighted the initiatives and preventive measure taken for implementation of Code of Conduct issued by the ECP and additional measures adopted for ensuring just, honest and credible elections in Islamabad.
The Election Commission praised the steps taken by DRO, IG Police and Islamabad Administration and after thorough deliberations and considering the proposals of all the participants.
The Commission, in view of the proposals, decided to send a requisition for deployment of Army Personnel on 62 buildings considered as highly sensitive and agreed to the security plan presented by the IG police including deployment of Rangers at each polling station,
It was agreed that the DRO Islamabad shall decide all the complaints about change of polling stations by November 26, 2015 and no change should be made thereafter.
The ECP decided that the DRO will issue instructions to all the Returning Officers (ROs) to re-check the printed ballot papers before receiving, to avoid any mistake, missing name and symbols.
The DRO was also asked to ensure that polling at all 640 polling stations is started on time at 0700 hours