ISLAMABAD: In a meeting at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja has directed authorities to ensure the security of political leaders and voters as the country prepares for the upcoming general elections on February 8.
During the meeting to assess the law and order situation, the CEC stressed the importance of adhering to the election code of conduct. He emphasized that it was the responsibility of the administration and law enforcement agencies to ensure timely administrative and security arrangements for the peaceful, safe, and successful conduct of the polls.
The chief secretaries of the four provinces, inspectors general of police (IGPs), and chief commissioner Islamabad reported to the meeting that all preparations and arrangements for holding elections were complete. They assured that they are well-prepared to handle any situation that might arise.
The CEC highlighted the necessity of providing a secure environment for political parties, candidates, and voters to exercise their right to vote without fear. Despite threat alerts in some parts of the country, the meeting assured that no stone would be left unturned to hold peaceful elections. Additionally, arrangements for the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at all sensitive polling stations were reported to be complete.
The chief secretary of Balochistan mentioned the formation of peace committees at the polling station level to maintain a peaceful atmosphere during the elections. The CEC urged clear policy instructions regarding changes in the allotment of election symbols to prevent delays in the electoral process. The meeting also discussed the repair work of flood-affected polling stations, ensuring they would be completed before the elections.
IGPs were assured that additional security agencies would be engaged wherever there was a shortage of police. The meeting underscored that negligence by any institution or polling staff in ensuring the peaceful conduct of elections would not be tolerated.
CEC Sikandar Sultan stated that strict action would be taken against any candidate or person violating the law and code of conduct. The meeting emphasized that elections would be closely monitored and held according to schedule.