ECP to implement SC verdict: CEC

ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan would implement the Supreme Court’s verdict on regulating the election expenses in letter and spirit, the Commission said on Tuesday.
According to a statement, the Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan presided over a meeting and after deliberations, the Commission directed the officials and departments concerned to immediately start work on increasing the number of polling stations across the country in order to facilitate the voters.
The Commission has directed that the electoral process be quickened in the light of the SC judgment on election expenses and for that matter has constituted a Steering Committee under the chairmanship of the acting secretary ECP. The Commission is to include the provincial election commissioners and some other senior officers as its members. The committee will give its recommendations within a fortnight for the implementation of the aforesaid judgement of the apex court.
The acting CEC inaugurated a training programme for the ECP officers. Under this training program, a group of officers of the Commission is being trained as master trainers, who will impart training to the officers taken from amongst the employees of the provincial and federal governments as district returning officers/returning officers and assistant returning officers.
This training programme, the ECP said, is also in line with the SC directions in the said judgement. Moreover, the employees of federal government/autonomous organisations/agencies, including the armed and paramilitary forces would be instructed to carry out stipulated functions at the polling stations.
Moreover, it must be ensured that the polling stations are not at a distance of more than two kilometres from the place of residence of voters, the ECP said.
The acting CEC urged the participants of the aforesaid training programme to receive the intended training with full devotion and dedication and expressed his hope that through this training course, they will not only be sharing their experiences in electoral matters but will also be involved in different hands-on exercises which will ultimately be helpful for them in performing their duties as master trainers.

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