Stage set for 6.8m voters verification across Karachi

January 10, 2013 - 6:23:04 am

ISLAMABAD: The stage is set in Pakistan’s largest city for door-to-door verification of 6.8 million voters across Karachi starting today and it is expected to be completed within 30 days, as the army and other law-enforcement agencies personnel have moved in to safeguard the officials of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

As per the understanding reached between the ECP and military, Commander Five Corps would command the Army, the Frontier Corps and Rangers personnel being deployed in the mega city’s five districts, a senior ECP official said here yesterday. In line with the understanding, the deployment was to commence from Saturday.

“The ECP had to approach the security agencies for cooperation in view of the peculiar security situation in the mega city, which unfortunately faces violence on a daily basis,” the ECP official contended.

Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin Ebrahim had a meeting with the Army Chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, while the ECP Secretary, Ishtiak Ahmad Khan, held talks with the director general operations at the general headquarters in connection with the deployment of the army in Karachi and related matters. 

He  explained that the army and other law-enforcement agencies would cooperate with the ECP officials involved in the electoral rolls verification (ERVs) drive.

“The ECP personnel will go from door-to-door to verify the electoral rolls, check for the authenticity of voters and corrections in a secure environment to be provided by the military and law-enforcement agencies,” the official said.         Internews