ECP completes logistical arrangements for upcoming polls

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that the commission had made all necessary logistic arrangements for ensuring to hold the upcoming general election on July 25 in a smooth and an organised manner.

The holding of elections which is considered to be a biggest logistic activity in the country required a comprehensive strategy to deal with all matters related with the logistic support, ECP’s Spokesperson Altaf Khan said.

“The logistic exercises are of two kinds including sensitive and non-sensitive. The sensitive logistic exercise involves ballot papers while non-sensitive includes deployment of official staff, the formation of District Monitoring Teams (DMT), bags, pens, indelible ink and stamps in bulk,” Altaf informed.

Explaining the sensitive logistic exercise, the Spokesperson said, it involved the printing of ballot papers and import of the papers, used for ballot papers, from the United Kingdom and France.

He informed that it was estimated that the commission required 210 million of total ballot papers for the total constituencies of national and provincial assemblies.

Enlightening about the non-sensitive he said the commission was engaging the workforce of 750,000 from the federal and provincial departments to hold the upcoming polls. He said that the commission has arranged bags, pens, indelible ink and stamps in bulk.

It is pertinent to mention here that the process of printing of 220 million ballot papers for the general election 2018 would be completed by July 20. The commission had prepared a plan for the dispatch of ballot papers to around 85,000 polling stations across the country well before the polling day.

The ballot papers would be dispatched to far-flung areas of Balochistan through aeroplanes. The paper being used for ballots carrying all security features was imported from abroad.

The process of transportation of ballot paper from Karachi was underway through C-130 planes, Pakistan International Airlines and trucks. Pakistan Army had been providing security to the Printing Corporation of Pakistan and other places during printing of the ballot papers.