ECP meets today to mull over holding elections in Punjab, KP
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An important meeting will be held at the Election Commission of Pakistan later today to deliberate on the matter of provincial elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and by-polls on the vacant seats, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.
Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja will preside over the meeting.
According to sources, a briefing has been prepared about the expenditures and preparations regarding the elections. Moreover, it would be suggested not to hold the elections in Punjab and KP on the same day.
Sources said that the authorities have suggested to conduct elections in Punjab between April 1-10.
While they proposed to hold polls in the KP province between April 10-15.
According to sources, the total expenditures incurred during elections in both the provinces and by-polls would be around Rs15 billion.
In Punjab and KP, 53,000 and 17,000 polling stations would be set up, respectively. Moreover, 500,000 police force would be deployed in both the provinces. Troops and Rangers would also be deputed at sensitive and very sensitive police stations.
Besides this, 700,000 polling staff is needed to conduct the polls in both the provinces.
After today’s meeting of the ECP, a letter would be written to the governors about the elections.
The governors of both the provinces, after reviewing the dates proposed by the ECP, would announce the final date of the polls.
Reporter Usman Khan