A comprehensive security plan has been framed for the peaceful conduct of local government elections in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions of Sindh on January 15, 2023.
It was informed to a meeting held here on Thursday with Chief Secretary Sindh Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput in chair to review security and other arrangements for the second phase of local government elections in Sindh. Inspector General of Police Sindh, Ghulam Nabi Memon briefed the meeting that a security plan and a transport plan has been finalised for LG elections and under the plan 38,233 policemen in Karachi and 24,000 in Hyderabad would perform security duties.
The CS Sindh informed that for LG elections 4995 polling stations would be set up in Karachi and 3971 in Hyderabad. CCTV cameras would be installed at 1675 polling stations in Karachi and 1015 polling stations in Hyderabad division as those were categorised as highly sensitive, he added. Sindh government was ensuring law and order and other arrangements on the instructions and recommendations of the Election Commission, the CS said and directed commissioners of Karachi and Hyderabad to ensure all necessary arrangements at all polling stations.
He also instructed secretaries of School Education and College Education to ensure provision of clean water, electricity and other facilities at polling stations established in schools and colleges.
Provincial Election Commissioner Sindh Ejaz Anwar Chauhan informed that 66,073 government employees would be deputed for conduct of polling in Karachi division while 54,348 employees in Hyderabad division.
Secretary Home Sindh Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo, Secretary Schools Ghulam Akbar Laghari, Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon, Additional IG Karachi Javed Alam Odho and concerned deputy commissioners attended the meeting.
The deputy commissioners briefed the meeting on security and transport plan of their respective districts and the overall situation of the polling stations.