Army to be deployed inside polling stations: ECP

June 14, 2018

ISLAMABAD: In bid to make elections 2018 transparent and unbiased, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday has decided to deploy army inside polling stations during general polls 2018.

Meanwhile, electoral body has also decided to print and deliver ballot papers under supervision of Pakistan Army.

As per details garnered, an important meeting of ECP was held here in Islamabad today. The session was attended by defence, interior and foreign secretaries, chief secretaries and inspector generals of police of all provinces.

Sources privy to development stated that army would also be deployed at printing press, printing corporation and Postal Foundation Printing Press. It has also been decided to install close circuit television cameras (CCTV) in sensitive and most sensitive polling stations.

On the other hand, PML-N had raised objections over deployment of army inside polling stations but the electoral body has rejected the demand.

Meanwhile, according to a report by a private news channel, the ECP has identified 383 election candidates as bank defaulters of hundreds of millions of rupees during the scrutiny of their nomination papers.

Earlier this week, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) had informed the ECP that more than 100 candidates were found to be bank defaulters in its scrutiny process.

It is pertinent to mention here that the scrutiny process was to be carried out by four federal bodies: the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the National Accountability Bureau, the State Bank of Pakistan and the Federal Board of Revenue. DNA/News Desk