Army joins Karachi voter’s verification process

KARACHI: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will begin the voter’s verification drive in the largest city of the country with assistance from the army on Wednesday, reported Aaj news.

Army will provide security to the ECP staff to avert any untoward incident during the process. Defence officials said army troops, Rangers, Frontier Constabulary and police will be deployed in the city from Wednesday (today) until the verification process in five districts of Karachi is completed.

The process of verification is likely to be completed in 18 days, Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan said.

The sources quoted as saying that, The deployment of army at the sensitive areas began earlier today.

A source said the electoral lists contained 6.92 million voters of Karachi, including 59,111 entries of potential voters issued CNICs between September and December last year, who would be enrolled as voters after verification by the ECP.

Karachi’s voter lists had been reprinted for re-verification purposes after addition of fields for capturing thumb prints of the voters to be verified by the verifying officer. In addition, signatures of verifying officials will also be recorded to ensure transparency of the process.

On the otherside, Supreme court has approved the review petition of Muttahida Qoumi Movement (MQM) due to some reservation over the delimitation process in Karachi.

Source: Agencies/ correspondent