The leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf have welcomed the decision of Election Commission of Pakistan to deploy army in and outside polling stations on the election day.
PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah supported the decision, saying they trust the army and judiciary as they are reliable state institutions.
However, Pakistan Peoples Party leader Qamar Zaman Kaira has said they will comment on ECP’s move after election is conducted.
On Thursday, ECP held a meeting in Islamabad where it was decided that army personnel would be deployed around and inside polling stations to ensure security during General Election 2018.
The meeting was chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, and was convened to review security arrangements for elections.
Speaking to the media later in the day, the director general of Election Commission of Pakistan’s media cell said closed-circuit television cameras would be installed at 20,000 sensitive polling stations across the country. Sources said the most sensitive of the polling stations would be fitted with three to four CCTV cameras.
The ECP official said close coordination would also be maintained with National Counter Terrorism Authority to prevent any untoward incident.
Moreover, he added, it was decided foolproof security would be provided to political leaders, for which provinces will make necessary arrangements.
The provincial government would also be responsible for the security of district returning officers, returning officers and presiding officers.
Via Geo News