Islamabad (July 20, 2018): European Union’s Election Observation Mission is satisfied over preparations and security measures for holding fair, free and transparent elections in Pakistan.
In a statement, the Chief Observer of the Mission, Michael Gahler said the electoral climate is satisfactory and technical preparations are well-placed.
About the mandate of the EU election observation mission, he said it is mandated to observe elections from beginning to the end and give its recommendations in the light of the feedback from its team.He said the mission will observe the entire electoral process, assess operations, legal framework, voting procedure on the election day besides vote counting and transmission of results.
Special Security Measures for Highly Sensitive Polling Stations
Earlier on Thursday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) planned special security measures for 17,007 highly sensitive polling stations.
According to an ECP official, the Commission will ensure security of voters for having better turnout and for this security plan has been prepared. He said that 5,878 of the polling stations have been declared as highly sensitive in the country.
The official said total 85,307 polling stations, including 23,424 male, 21,707 female, 40,133 combined and 43 improvised ones, would be set up in all the four provinces, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the Federal Capital to ensure better turnout on the polling day.He said 47,813 polling stations would be set up in Punjab, 17,747 in Sindh, 12,634 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 4,420 in Balochistan, 797 in the Federal Capital and 1,896 in FATA.
He said the Commission had placed all the details regarding final polling scheme on its official web portal for the voters’ facilitation by ensuring the compliance with basic fundamental right under the Constitution related to the right to information.
Army Will Assist ECP Within Limits of Mandate: COAS
Earlier on, Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Army Elections Support Centre, Rawalpindi, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday.
“COAS was given detailed briefing about the plan for the provision of assistance to ECP for the free, fair and transparent conduct of General Elections 18,” the military’s media wing added.
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General Qamar directed, the ISPR said, that Army shall assist ECP strictly within the bounds of given mandate and as per ECP Code of conduct”.
The Army Chief said that working in synchronization with other elements of security apparatus, all efforts be put in to ensure secure and safe environment enabling people of Pakistan to freely exercise their democratic right.