Upcoming polls: ECP agrees to deploy army at Karachi polling stations

Army personnel will stay at the station until election results are announced.

Azam Khan/web Desk February 07, 2013
A file photo of an army personnel. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has agreed to deploy army personnel at every polling station in Karachi, Express News reported on Thursday.

The decision was taken during a meeting with the representatives of various political parties.

Under the agreement, at least one soldier will be present at each polling station until the results are announced.

Emphasising that the elections will be held on time, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim assured the representatives that all concerns regarding elections in Karachi will be addressed.

He added that the commission will consider the recommendations put forward by the political parties.

Jamaat-i-Islami’s (JI) Liaquat Baloch expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing verification process of Karachi’s voters list.

He said the army was not utilised in the process as ordered by the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice seeks report from ECP Sindh

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought a comprehensive report from the ECP Sindh over the implementation of its verdict for delimitation of electoral constituencies and door-to-door verification of voter lists with the support of the Pakistan Army and the Frontier Constabulary (FC).

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry resumed the hearing of identical petitions on electoral reforms.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s counsel Hamid Khan alleged that the voter verification process in Karachi had not yet commenced in accordance with the court’s directions. Upon hearing this, the chief justice directed the ECP Sindh to submit an affidavit containing numbers of Army and FC personell deputed to implement the court’s orders.


Pathan | 8 years ago | Reply

@iqbm: Please listen to the things carefully. Army is being deployed just to maintain law and order situation. they will stay outside polling stations.

Mika | 8 years ago | Reply

Just like voter checks Army was there in Karachi. Six decades are more than enough to be duped.

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