KARACHI: In a rare move, Rangers have demanded the provision of biometric system for the upcoming by-elections in the NA-246 constituency.
In a letter addressed to the interior ministry and Director General NADRA, the law enforcement agency contended that in order to ensure effective monitoring Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and biometric machines should be installed in the 213 polling stations and 770 polling booths in NA-246 constituency. This, they maintained, will enable smooth polling.
Rangers further contended that if the provision of biometric machines for all polling booths is not possible, then at least 372 booths designated for female voters should be equipped with the machines in order to curb rigging and ensure transparent polls.
Rangers pointed out 55 buildings as sensitive and called for installing sensitive cameras on these.
According to the Election Commission Pakistan (ECP), this is the first time in the history of the country that an LEA has demanded installation of biometric system for the aforementioned elections.
Authorities have already directed deployment of Rangers personnel in and outside the polling stations to curb rigging during the all-important elections.
Earlier, various concerned quarters of the country and political parties demanded deployment of security personnel, including Pakistan Army troops to deal with any untoward incident on polling day.
The political parties seen as strong contestants in the NA-246 by-polls include Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamat-e-Islami (JI).
The seat in the constituency fell vacant after MQM candidate Nabeel Gabool resigned from his position due to difference with the party.