Elections 2024: ECP faces challenges in reprinting ballot papers

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  • ECP grapples with logistical hurdles in ensuring timely printing of secure ballot papers

ISLAMABAD: In a crucial meeting held at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) headquarters in Islamabad, officials discussed the challenges and decisions surrounding the reprinting of ballot papers for the upcoming elections. The spokesperson for the ECP highlighted key points addressed during the meeting.

Constituencies identified for the reprinting of ballot papers will undergo the process as special security paper becomes available, the spokesperson confirmed. However, the availability of this essential security material and the timing of the reprinting process pose significant challenges.

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“If the security paper required by the ECP is not readily available, the elections in those constituencies may face postponement,” stated the official spokesperson.

Currently, the ECP is actively engaged in the printing of ballot papers for the impending elections. This printing task has become necessary due to recent court decisions affecting numerous constituencies.

The ECP revealed that a substantial amount of special security paper, approximately 800 tons, was utilised during the 2018 elections. In contrast, the upcoming 2024 elections require a staggering 2400 tons of this specialised paper.

Acknowledging the seriousness of the situation, the ECP has taken the decision to reduce the size of the ballot paper. This strategic move aims to address the challenge posed by the limited availability of special security paper.

“By reducing the size of the ballot paper, we have managed to bring down the required quantity of special security paper to 2170 tonnes,” explained the spokesperson.

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However, this quantity is just sufficient for a single round of printing, highlighting the tight constraints faced by the ECP.

As the Election Commission grapples with these logistical challenges, the timely resolution of the printing process remains crucial to ensure a smooth and fair electoral process for the constituencies affected.

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