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Pak Election Commission seeks Army's help for general polls

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

today sought the help of the for security at sensitive polling stations during the on July 25 besides overseeing the and distribution of ballot papers across the country.

The decision was taken at the meeting of the (ECP), the official body responsible for organising the polls.

Sources in the ECP said that personnel will be deployed at places where violence may erupt due to local rivalries or which can be targeted by militants.

The will also be deployed to oversee the of ballot papers and later their distribution across the country.

It is not for the for the first time that army will be deployed to maintain peace on the election day. Soldiers were also deployed during 2013

The ECP is currently scrutinising the nominations filed by candidates for deferral parliament and provincial legislatures.

The electoral watchdog has also decided to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at more than 20,000 polling stations throughout Pakistan, according to a

A total of 105 million people constitute the electoral roll across the six provinces Pakistan, which has a population of over 200 million, according to data on the website of the ECP.

A triangular contest between the Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) led by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Imran Khan's PTI and former Asif Ali Zardari's PPP is on the cards.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 23:15 IST