Pak Army called for supervise re-polling in KP
Chitral Times Report
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army has been called to perform its duty to
supervise the re-polling process of the Local Government elections
to be held on 5th July next. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
will also inquire into the causes of mismanagement and violence in
May 30 polling.
This was assured to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez
Khattak by the Secretary ECP, Babar Yaqoob Fatih Muhammad who
called on the Chief Minister at CM House on Thursday. The Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Election Commissioner was also accompanying him while
the Provincial Education Minister Muhammad Atif and Chief Secretary
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amjad Ali Khan were also present in the meeting.
The Secretary ECP told that the army had accepted ECP request for
deploying army personnel on all 365 polling stations on 5th July.
He said that keeping in view the incidents of mismanagement that
occurred on the May 30 election day, ECP has taken certain
necessary measures to ensure smooth and transparent re-polling on
5th July which also include better and clear printing of 2.3
million ballot papers. Appreciating cooperation of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Government with ECP for holding LG elections in the
province, Mr. Babar said the foreign world was also praising the
establishment of Local Government system under a democratic
provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Expressing his views on this occasion, Chief Minister Pervez
Khattak reffered to the May 30 incidents and said that the
provincial government was not in favor of holding the LG elections
in absence of the army. He, however, welcomed the ECP efforts for
the army deployment for the re-polling as per demand of the
Identifying the causes of untoward incidents on May 30 polling day,
Pervez Khattak told that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government was looking
into the causes of the mismanagement and compiling evidences of the
incidents which, he added, would be presented to ECP for
Assuring every possible cooperation on part of the provincial
government for holding free, transparent and smooth re-polling on
5th July, the Chief Minister said large number of police personnel
would also be deployed at the polling stations.