CM orders foolproof security for political leaders

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Polling stations to be monitored via CCTV cameras

Saleem Ahmad

Lahore

Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab Dr. Hasan Askari presided over a high level meeting here on Saturday to review the arrangements for elections, security matters and law and order situation.
The meeting decided to provide fool proof security to main leaders of political parties and to provide box security for the movement of main leaders of political parties while necessary security cover will also be provided to contesting candidates.
Addressing the meeting, Dr. Hasan Askari said security plan has been made for political parties during their election campaign. He said security will also be provided for rallies and public gatherings as per the decided plan. Special arrangements will be made to maintain law and order at sensitive polling stations. Polling stations will be monitored through CCTV cameras.
He said that the CCTV cameras should be completely professional and there should not receive any complaint about their malfunctioning. He said the security plan for rallies and public gatherings should be strictly implemented. Participants of public gatherings should be scanned through walkthrough gates.
Dr. Hasan Askari said the holding of general elections is national responsibility and our focus is the free and fair elections, and all political parties will be provided equal opportunities.
He said transparent elections are the main responsibility of the interim government therefore there should not be any difference between plans and their implementation. He said best administration should workout plans for any expected incident.
The caretaker CM directed that poling material should be transported under strict security and polling staff should also be provided fool proof security.
He said the security of polling booths and ballot boxes should also be ensured, adding there should not be any delay in the transportation of results and ballot boxes to returning officers.
He said necessary security arrangements will be made for the protection of life and property of the people and public places. The interim CM said the system of intelligence sharing should be made more effective and strong, and political parties should avoid confrontation and clash, and keep the general environment peaceful.
He said indecent statements should be avoided during election campaign, adding the code of conduct of the Election Commission should be strictly implemented.
Dr. Hasan Askari said the joint efforts of law enforcement agencies and other concerning departments are drastically needed. He said we are short of time and facing a big challenge, but when the will is strong then every challenge can be faced.
The interim CM directed that concerning departments and institutions should discharge their duties with best coordination. He directed advance arrangement should be made to face flooding due to monsoon rains.
The meeting was briefed about arrangements for general elections and security arrangements. Interim ministers Zia Haider Rizvi, Shaukat Javed, Ahmed Waqas Riaz, Chief Secretary, IGP, Additional Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary Home, senior officers of civilian and military institutions attended the meeting.

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