ECP: (Army to be used as quick response force in LG polls: ECP)

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday decided that military would be used as a quick response force in the second phase of Local Government elections in Punjab and Sindh.

The decision was taken in a meeting led by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan on Wednesday. The ECP said personnel of military and Rangers would not be deployed at each polling station during the LG polls scheduled to be held on November 19.

However, it added that the army and Rangers personnel would only be deployed where there is a need. It is pertinent to mention here that Punjab and Sindh had requested the ECP to deploy military and paramilitary forces in the provinces on polling day. During the meeting the CEC said negligence would not be tolerated in the next phase of LG elections.

He called upon all the institutions to play their role in maintaining peace during the polls. Defence secretary, interior secretary and police inspector generals (IGs) of Punjab and Sindh were also present in the meeting. The police chiefs of Punjab and Sindh gave briefing about law and order situation in the provinces.

Meanwhile, ECP secretary said sensitive localities in both the provinces were marked in the meeting.