Voters Verification: Military officials to be increased: ECP
28 January, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the army have decided to increase the number of armed forces personnel for voter verification in Karachi.
The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting held between the ECP high-ups and certain military officials here on Sunday.
Sources said that the decision would do away with the reservations of the political parties with regard to the voters' verification process.
After the Taliban claimed responsibility for the murder of MQM leader Manzar Imam, a decision was made in a meeting held on January 23 and presided over by the Chief Election Commissioner that he would talk to the corps commander, Karachi for making the process of voter verification more transparent, sources said.
The decision to this effect was taken in view of a protest demonstration going on by certain political parties raising the issue of the inappropriate steps taken by the Election Commission for voter verification, whereas opposition parties had already announced to stage a sit-in in front of the Parliament House for strengthening the Election Commission.
Furthermore, the security of the ECP staff will also be beefed up in order to complete the verification process in an independent atmosphere.
It merits mentioning here that around 20,000 teams of the Election Commission are involved in the voter verification process in 13,000 census blocks. Thirty percent of the work has been accomplished by now.