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ECP announces increase in election security

May 07, 2013
DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa.—Photo by Reuters/File
DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa.—Photo by Reuters/File

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decided on Tuesday to increase security at polling stations for the coming May 11 election, DawnNews reported.

According to the new security plan, ten personnel instead of nine would be appointed for the most sensitive polling stations in the country whereas nine security persons instead of eight would be deployed for the polling stations declared as sensitive.

Moreover, regular polling stations would also be provided with an additional person, taking the total number from four to five.

A spokesman for the ECP said no army person would be deployed at any of the country’s polling station, but would be available at all times as a quick response force.

The ECP decided to bring all sensitive polling stations within a certain vicinity under a single building.

In related news, the Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa briefed media persons about the security situation during upcoming elections across Sindh and also apprised them of the deployment of 10,000 military personnel in Karachi for election duties.

He added that troops would also be mobilised by helicopters for election related responsibilities.