ECP seeks details of private schools ahead of general election 2024  


ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has sought a list of private schools to set up polling stations for the general election 2024 for the convenience of voters.

The ECP has initiated the process of obtaining details of private school teachers and school buildings ahead of the upcoming general election.

District election commissioners have written letters to the Executive District Office (EDOs) to provide the details of private school teachers and school buildings.

In districts where there is a shortage of government employees, assistance will be sought from private school teachers for polling, the ECP said.

In case of a shortage of government buildings, polling stations will be established in private schools, as per the election commission spokesperson, who has confirmed the request for details about private school buildings and teachers.

The general election 2024 will be held on February 8, as announced by the president of Pakistan and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) earlier.

The announcement came after a meeting between President Dr Arif Alvi and the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, following the Supreme Court’s verdict that said that the government must ensure the holding of polls on the given date.

The political parties and candidates have started their election campaigns, with rallies, advertisements, and manifestos being launched across the country.

Supreme Court rules to hold general election on February 8

The main contenders for the elections are the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), and Balochistan National Party (BNP.

The elections are expected to be a close contest, as the opinion polls show a neck-and-neck race between the PTI, the PPP, and the PML-N.

The issues that are expected to dominate the public discourse are the economy, inflation, corruption, security, foreign policy, and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The ECP has assured that the elections will be free, fair, and transparent, and that all the necessary arrangements will be made to ensure the safety and security of the voters and the polling staff.

The ECP has also urged the political parties and candidates to abide by the code of conduct and refrain from any violence or hate speech. The international observers and media will also be invited to monitor and cover the elections.

The general elections 2024 will be a historic moment for Pakistan, as it will mark the third consecutive democratic transition of power in the country.

The elections will also determine the future direction of the country, as it faces multiple challenges at home and abroad.

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