A high-level meeting reviewed arrangements for polls and maintaining law and order in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) at the chief minister’s house on Friday.
The meeting was chaired by Caretaker Chief Minister (CM) Justice (retd) Tariq Parvez Khan, who reiterated his resolve to hold general elections in a free, fair and transparent manner.
He directed all necessary measures be taken to maintain security, and implement the code of conduct issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in letter and spirit.
According to the secretary local government and provincial election commissioner, 12,001 polling stations and 34,220 polling booths would be established across the province and tribal areas to facilitate 13.74 million registered voters.
FATA Additional chief secretary Dr Tashfeen Khan outlined the difficulties in facilitating internally displaced persons (IDPs) to cast votes.
Participants were told the provincial government is meant to provide funds to the tune of Rs429 million for expenditures incurred during elections in the province.
IG Police Akbar Khan Hoti and Home and Tribal Affairs Secretary Azam Khan gave updates on the preparations of law enforcing agencies. Approximately 50,000 police personnel would be deployed at polling station across the province.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2013.
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