ECP to address candidates’ grievances: Secretary

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Khan on Sunday said the grievances of candidates contesting general elections would be redressed, disclosing that 313 complaints had been received in connection with change of polling stations.
Addressing media personnel at ECP office in Islamabad, Ishtiak Ahmad Khan said printing of 180 million ballot papers was underway, 150 million out of which had been printed.
The printing and dispatch of ballot papers for Balochistan and Sindh has been completed, he said. Meanwhile, the printing of ballot papers for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, except Peshawar and Mardan divisions, will be completed by Monday, he added.
“Out of nine divisions‚ printing of ballot papers for five divisions of Punjab has been completed. Remaining printing will be completed by Tuesday,” he said further.
Replying to a question on electronic ballot‚ he said it will facilitate people as mobile phones are easily accessible to everyone. He said there is a possibility that mobile phone service may be suspended due to security threats on May 11‚ therefore voters should get their voter information in advance.
To another query, Khan said keeping in view the limited resources and the responsibilities assigned to the ECP, it was impossible for the commission to arrange transport for voters.
On confiscation of 90,000 fake ballot papers in Chakdara, Lower Dir‚ he said the commission had sought information from the police and any decision in this regard will be made after ascertaining all the facts.
Earlier, the ECP secretary mentioned that 313 complaints had been received regarding change of polling stations, adding that returning officers were directed to visit polling stations prior to the change.
However‚ he said the concerned district returning officers (DROs) had been asked to address these complaints. He said the complainants had been asked to contact their respective DROs on Monday in this regard.
He further said details of complaints and the respective DROs have been put up on the commission’s website, clipped with the details of complainants, parties against whom complaints have been made and the constituencies involved.
Khan said the issue of granting voting rights to overseas Pakistanis will be considered in the commission’s meeting on Monday.
He also said security is being provided to ECP staff in all provinces.
Meanwhile, ECP is set to start sending 200,000 stamps to respective Presiding Officers (POs) from Monday.
According to an ECP official, special disposable bags have been prepared for sending stamps.
He said anyone casting a fake vote would be sentenced to six months in prison and a fine worth Rs 5,000, or both.