50,000 observers to monitor upcoming polls across Pakistan

Published: February 25, 2013
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Rawalpindi District Election Commissioner says ECP will give accreditation cards to the observers.  PHOTO: APP/FILE

Rawalpindi District Election Commissioner says ECP will give accreditation cards to the observers. PHOTO: APP/FILE

RAWALPINDI: To help ensure free and fair elections in the country, as many as 50,000 local and independent observers will monitor the polls across the country, said District Election Commissioner (DEC) Zahid Subhani on Monday.

According to Subhani, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will issue accreditation cards to these observers selected from different parts of the country.

A call centre will also be set up where the observers can contact and report any violation of election rules and regulations, he added.

Subhani was speaking at a consultative dialogue organised by the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) in connection with the forthcoming general elections.

The DEC said close circuit television (CCTV) cameras will also be installed at sensitive polling stations to avoid any untoward incident.

The commissioner said that the voters’ list has been updated, while the ECP teams are visiting door to door to include name of each and every eligible person in the final list. He added that “the team will continue to register missing eligible voters name in the list till the announcement of the election date.”

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Reader Comments (6)

  • cautious
    Feb 25, 2013 - 10:14PM

    It’s not just about “how many” – it’s about independence. It would be a good idea to bring in international observers – would provide much needed credibility to the election.

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  • Parvez
    Feb 25, 2013 - 10:52PM

    If tomorrow we hear that an OBS (observers Benefit Scheme) has been launched with tax payers money ……….don’t be surprised.

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  • sensible
    Feb 26, 2013 - 12:44AM

    What action did ECP took in recent voilation of rules by PMLN during by-election. Not expecting much from ECP. Media have to highlight the wrong doings in all important general elections.

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  • Afsheen
    Feb 26, 2013 - 2:48AM

    Has the ECP managed to implement article 62 and 63??? Get the degrees verified first then think about elections!

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  • Mohammad
    Feb 26, 2013 - 9:34AM

    I dont support International observers to monitor elections. In the last election I have seen not only international oberservers but lot of American politicians roaming in Pakistan meeting different leaders dont know why and for what. Inspite of International observers we have 3 and a half crores fake votes. So I strongly urge no international oberservers (army is enough). Second thing I will strongly request the interim govt not to give foreign politicians visa to visit Pakistan during the election time-3 weeks b4 the election and one month after the election no politicians esp British or American will allow to visit Pakistan..

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  • gp65
    Feb 26, 2013 - 10:13AM

    @Afsheen: “Get the degrees verified first then think about elections!”

    Degrees are no longer a requirement to contest an election.

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