ISLAMABAD, Jan 30: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has successfully trained 96% of the polling staff, about 970,000 out of 976,000 personnel, for the upcoming February 8 general elections.
The remaining 6,000 staff will complete training in the next four days, ensuring full readiness for election day.
Preparations are in full swing, with printing of ballot papers underway at three government printing presses since January 16 after allotment of election symbols by the Returning Officer. The process is on track to conclude by February 2.
Collaborating with security agencies and district administration, the ECP has started delivering ballot papers to all provinces using both road and air routes.
From January 29, voters can use the 8300 SMS service to access their polling station and other important information by sending their CNIC number. Citizens are advised to promptly check details for themselves and family to avoid issues on polling day.
After clashes between two political parties in Karachi and snatching of postal ballots in Swabi, the ECP has initiated an inquiry, seeking reports from the chief secretary and IGP to consider action against involved persons under election laws.
The efficient preparations reflect ECP’s commitment to conducting free, fair and transparent elections on time. The training of staff and printing of ballot papers well in advance will ensure smooth polling operations.