February, 22, 2024
Election Commission Urgently Seeks Deployment and Funding

Election Commission Urgently Seeks Deployment and Funding

Infostani Sources- Secretary Umar Hameed of the Election Commission has penned a letter to Interior Secretary Aftab Akbar Durrani, requesting the deployment of police forces and other law enforcement agencies at polling stations for the upcoming general elections. The Election Commission is actively seeking confirmation to deploy civil armed forces as both a static and quick response force before December 7. Presently, there is a shortage of 277,558 personnel out of the available 328,105.

Specifically, the Frontier Constabulary, Rangers, and Azad Kashmir Police each need 1,500 personnel. Islamabad currently requires 9,000 security personnel, facing a shortfall of 4,500 personnel. Punjab has 108,500 police officers, with a deficit of 169,110 officers. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa requires 149,077 officers but currently has 92,360 officers available, creating a shortfall of 56,717 personnel. Sindh needs 123,000 security personnel, experiencing a shortfall of 33,462 personnel.

In Balochistan, there is a requirement for 31,919 personnel, with 18,150 currently available and a deficit of 13,769 personnel. The Election Commission has decided that the Pakistan Army and Civil Armed Forces should fill these personnel gaps and deploy in a static mode at polling stations due to the critical law and order situation in the country.

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Election Commission Urgently Seeks Deployment and Funding

Simultaneously, Finance Secretary Imdadullah Bosal has assured the Election Commission of providing funds for election expenses within the next two days. During his visit to the Election Commission, he briefed officials about the situation, emphasizing that the funds would have been provided if they had requested them earlier. He committed to allocating all the funds required by December 31. Emphasizing that the budget allocated 42 billion rupees for the general elections. However, the Ministry of Finance has only provided 10 billion rupees so far without reasonable justification for suspending the funds.

Secretary Trey Khazana affirmed that the Ministry of Finance would release whatever funds the commission needed. The Election Commission, seeking 17 billion rupees for the general elections. Has decided to inform the Prime Minister of Pakistan about the funding situation. They are currently drafting a detailed letter for the Prime Minister. Additionally, the Election Commission permitted the transfer of officers in Sindh while rejecting the transfer request for two officers.

Grade 20 officer Ahmed Bakhsh Narejo has assumed the role of Secretary of Tree Women Development. Tahir Hussain as Secretary of Tree Minerals, Ahmed Sultan Khoso as Secretary of Tree Minority Affairs. Also, Abu Bakr Ahmed as Secretary of Information and Science and Technology. AlsoZubair Parvez Ahmed is Managing Director of Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority. With approval granted for their appointments.

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