NA-151 by-polls to be held under new rules: ECP
13 July, 2012
MULTAN: An Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Multan official, on Thursday, said the July 19 by-polls for NA-151 would be held under the new modified rules and four teams of ECP would be patrolling the constituency for monitoring purposes.
The official said the police and professional camerapersons, who would prepare footages in case of any violation, would accompany the teams. They confirmed that wall chalking had been banned under the new rules and candidates could only display banners or affix hoardings for the election campaign.
The ECP said that voters' facilitators and camps of political parties, outside polling stations, were also not permitted. They confirmed that teachers had been hired as 'camp officials' who would set up one camp outside each of the 245 polling stations of NA-151, to facilitate the voters. The 'camp officials' outside the polling stations will facilitate those who do not receive the slip.
Meanwhile, the ECP Multan regional office also dispatched vote slips (parchis), containing details like voter's name, vote number and the polling station, by post to the approximate three million registered voters of NA-151.
The officials confirmed that camp officials, presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling agents were also undergoing training by the ECP. They said the training had begun on July 11 and would conclude by July 15.
As per the instructions of the ECP, all candidates, including MPA Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani, have got their new accounts opened for election expenses, whose limit has been fixed at Rs 1.5 million. Candidates are regularly sending weekly expense reports to the ECP every Thursday, the officials said.
It may be noted that it was the Multan constituency of PP-149 where electronic voting machines (EVM) were introduced for the first time, on experimental basis at two model polling stations of ECP, during by-polls held in February.