The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) on Wednesday activated the Result Transmission Service (RTS) to enable returning officers to send results through the service.
NADRA teams will go to the offices of returning officers to activate RTS and according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the presiding and senior presiding officers will be given the software to use through smartphones. The process of linking the software will be completed by July 21.
As more than 170,000 presiding officers do not have smartphones, the software will be linked to the smartphones of their staff. The software will be used to announce constituency results as they are collated.
ECP also reviewed preparations for the general elections and directed the provincial chief secretaries to ensure the security of returning officers and polling staff. While district returning officers and returning officers have been appointed mostly from the lower judiciary, the assistant returning officers were selected from the civil bureaucracy – mainly district administration group officers
As per the polling scheme announced by the ECP, as many as 86,436 polling stations will be set up for the elections, including 48,667 in Punjab and 18,647 in Sindh. In Fata and K-P, 14,655 polling stations will be established and 4,467 in Balochistan.