ECP starts countrywide general elections arrangements

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As the term of the National Assembly as well as the Sindh and Balochistan assemblies is about to end in less than two months, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started election preparations to make arrangements for a major election exercise.

A meeting of the ECP was held under the Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja in which the Secretary of the Commission Omar Hamid Khan briefed about the steps and arrangements made so far for the upcoming general elections.

He said that the purchase of necessary election material and ballot paper has been completed and its safe storage has been ensured.

Similarly, a draft of the list of polling stations has also been prepared which will be handed over to the returning officers immediately after the notification so that they can publish it initially, he said.

After hearing the objections and suggestions of the voters, the Election Commission will ensure its final publication as per the law.

According to the law, the last date for registration, exclusion and verification of voters is July 13.

For this purpose, the ECP has launched an awareness campaign and is in touch with all agencies, including NADRA, for printing and distribution of electoral rolls.

The ECP was also briefed about the holding of local body elections in Punjab and Quetta.

The Commission was informed that the Balochistan government has to issue a notification under the Order of the Balochistan High Court dated December 23, 2022, under which the ECP has to provide the number of towns, number of seats and other data/information of Quetta so that the ECP can start work on delimitation.

The commission was informed that the registration of electoral groups in Punjab would be completed on July 17.