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Secretary ECP asks 0.7 million polling staff to do best in conducting free, fair & transparent polls

Secretary ECP asks 0.7 million polling staff to do best in conducting free, fair & transparent polls

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Secretary Election Commission Ishtiak Ahmad Khan has called upon seven hundred thousand polling staff to do their best in conducting free, fair and transparent elections.

Briefing the newsmen in Islamabad Secretary said the Election Commission administratively has done all what they could during the last couple of years, now it is the sole responsibility of polling staff to practically implement all measures taken by the commission.

Referring to the speech of Founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Secretary asked the polling staff not to succumb to pressure of any political party, politicians or any individual while discharging their duties. Ishtiak Ahmad said governments may come and go, but the loyalities of the public servants must be with state.

He said for ensuring impartiality of elections, a huge responsibility rests on the shoulders of the polling staff since country is passing through a very critical moments.

Talking about the role of the Pakistan Army, Secretary ECP said 500 soldiers guarded the printing presses where ballot papers were printed while 50 helicopters and 20,000 army vehicles took part in the distribution operations. He said among other security personnel, around 75,000 army soldiers will ensure the foolproof security on the polling day.

Secretary said nations are developed with institutions and in Pakistan, institutions including Supreme Court, Election Commission and media are getting strengthened.

On this occasion, he also issued the ECP Commemorative Stamps and told that around 200,000 stamps were printed marked with ECP slogan Free, Fair and Transparent Elections.

Replying to a question, he claimed rigging is now impossible after the steps taken by the commission including photo identity rolls and thumb impression for unique identity of the voter. He said upon receving complaints, the commission can accurately investigate the culprits involved in rigging. He said Election Commission will announce the official results on the eve of 12th May.

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