Security boosted for Lahore by-polls

DIG emphasized importance of timely deployment on polling stations, stressed adherence to security protocols

Our Correspondent April 20, 2024
A woman cast her ballot at a polling station in Islamabad on February 8, 2024. PHOTO: AFP


In preparation for the upcoming by-elections in Lahore, a comprehensive security plan has been devised, involving the deployment of more than 15,000 police personnel across the provincial capital.

Lahore's Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Operations, Ali Nasir Rizvi, convened a crucial meeting with head clerks from all police stations in the city to finalize arrangements. This gathering followed a prior meeting involving key officers, including the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations, divisional Superintendents of Police (SPs), and other high-ranking officials.

During the meeting, DIG Rizvi emphasized the importance of timely deployment at all polling stations and stressed adherence to security protocols. He urged officers to maintain close coordination with candidates and stakeholders, ensuring all electoral duties are executed according to established rules and regulations.

The security strategy underwent thorough review, with specific focus on logistics and the installation of CCTV cameras at sensitive polling stations. Supervisory officers were instructed to personally inspect field operations to assess security measures first-hand.

Divisional SPs conducted briefings for their subordinates, emphasising the significance of their roles in maintaining election security.

In addition, a training session organised by the Sadar Division police featured instruction on the use of an election app, enhancing officers' preparedness for their polling station duties.

SP Sadar Sidra Khan reiterated the importance of implementing Election Commission SOPs, emphasizing strict enforcement against aerial firing and unauthorised weapon use. Similar briefings were conducted across other divisions, reaffirming the commitment to ensuring a safe and orderly electoral process.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2024.


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