No compromise on election staff credibility



Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Babar Yaqoob Thursday said there would be no compromise on credibility and efficiency of election staff. Addressing a press conference here after holding ECP’s 11th Planning Committee meeting, the secretary ECP said the commission has decided to train its staff well before elections.
He said the ECP in today’s meeting reviewed preparations to hold the 2018 general election in a fair and transparent manner besides result management system. He said the agenda of the meeting included ECP’s recommendation for budgetary allocation for 2017-2018 keeping in view the preparations, purchase of ballot boxes and other election material, new offices for district election commissioners, poll monitoring and son.
He said the meeting approved comprehensive training programme for presiding officers, assistant presiding officers, polling officers and other staff. He said training of ECP officers was one aspect of general elections which was being considered seriously and the training of master trainers have been completed, who will further train the officers to improve their professional skills.
The ECP secretary said total 586,000 ECP staff would be trained during a year and total 23,440 training sessions would be held throughout the country. He said the ECP was working on electronic voting machines and bio metric system, which would be introduced on trial basis in upcoming bye election in Karachi while its working would be monitored.—APP