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Army to join Karachi voter verification process from Wednesday

January 08, 2013

Army, Rangers and FC personnel will be deployed in Karachi and will provide security to Election Commission staff from Wednesday, says the Defence Ministry.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Defence Ministry on Tuesday approved a plan for military personnel to join door-to-door verification of 6.8 million voters in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

Army, Rangers and Frontier Corps (FC) troops will be deployed in all districts of the city and will provide security to the electoral staff starting from Wednesday.

The door-to-door verification of voters in the city was ordered by the Supreme Court on complaints about irregularities in enrollment of about three million people.

According to the Defence Ministry, army and other forces will only be responsible to providing security to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) staff. An official notification regarding the decision was issued here Wednesday.

According to details, Karachi has been divided into four parts where military forces will assist the police in providing security to ECP personnel during verification.

Meanwhile, the ECP is finalising preparations for the verification process. Verification of voter lists will continue from Jan 10 through to March 8.

Moreover, the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) will deliver to the ECP printed electoral rolls for the verification process by Jan 9. The fresh lists will include the names of those citizens who have turned 18, the legal voting age, by Dec 15.