Caretaker govt all set to hold free, fair elections: Solangi


Murtaza Solangi

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi says all is set to hold free, fair and transparent elections on Thursday.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Saturday, he said the caretaker government has been consistent from the day one that elections would be held on the date given by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

He said more than ample resources have been provided to ensure free and fair election on Thursday.

The Information Minster said the government has made foolproof security arrangements on the polling day for the voters at the polling stations.

He said the main responsibility of providing security would be rest with the police as the first tier, while the Civil Armed Forces would be there to assist as the second tier and Armed Forces of Pakistan would assist as the Quick Reaction Force in third tier.

Recalling the previous polls which saw deteriorated law and order in the country, Solangi said that terrorism was seen during the 2008 and 2013 general elections.

“Terrorism increased after the Taliban took over the Kabul government as Al-Qaeda and TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) use Afghanistan as a safe haven,” said the information minister.

The interim minister said that they have made full security arrangements at the polling stations, adding that the security forces are fully prepared for elections.

“Pakistan is taking action against terrorists,” he added.

ECP COMPLETES ALL ARRANGEMENTS FOR GENERAL ELECTIONS

Election Commission has completed all arrangements for general elections being held on Thursday.

Over one hundred and twenty millions registered voters will cast vote for National Assembly and four Provincial Assemblies.

The Election Commission has established ninety thousand six hundred seventy-five polling stations in all four provinces.

Of these, forty-one thousand four hundred and three are combined polling stations while twenty-five thousand three hundred twenty are for male and twenty-three thousand nine hundred fifty-two for women voters. 

A total of 5,121 candidates are in the race for the National Assembly seats. These include 4,807 male, 312 female and two transgenders.

The elections will be held on two hundred and sixty-six general seats of National Assembly and five hundred and ninety-three general seats of four provincial assemblies.

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