Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Babar Yaqoob Fatah Muhammad has said that of total 7,000 polling stations to be established for 2nd phase of local bodies’ elections in 15 districts of three divisions in Sindh province, 2500 had been declared very sensitive.
Addressing a press briefing held at Old Nazim Secretariat Hyderabad on Monday after meeting with Sindh government officials including Commisioners, DIGs, SSPs, DCs and other officials of different districts to review the situation on the upcoming 2nd phase of local bodies elections in Sindh province.
Besides, 2500 polling stations have been declared sensitive while 2000 are normal, he said, adding the polling stations that were declared very sensitive and sensitive keeping in view the past records and other factors like enmity between two communities, etc. Moreover, 203 polling stations have been declared sensitive in Hyderabad division, while in Sanghar and Badin districts some polling stationis were also declared very sensitive after incident occurred at Khaipur.
Every effort would be taken to save the life of common citizen, he said, adding all possible measures are being taken in this regards. The Sindh government has demanded the deployment of 51000 police personnel, 8000 Rangers personnel and 16 Companies of Army at polling stations in the second phase of local bodies elections to be held in Sindh province on November 19, he said. Such demand of Sindh government would be discussed in the meeting to be held on November 11 at Islamabad.
Reply to a question, he said that around 135-140 complaints of first phase of Local government polls regarding ballot papers and other issues had been received by media cell of ECP. The ECP has taken strict actions against the Returning Officers and other staff deputed at polling stations after receiving complaints lodged by people against them, Secretary ECP said.
Replying to another question, he said that police was conducting inquiry of Daraza incident which is under progress, he said. He said while replying another question that the code of conduct for media had already been announced where as no media could publish or air any news without official authenticity.
Source: Business Recorder