An important meeting regarding Local Government (LG) elections in 16 districts of Karachi and Hyderabad divisions held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sindh Dr Muhammad Sohail Rajput at Sindh Secretariat on Thursday. Provincial Election Commissioner Ejaz Anwar Chauhan, Home Secretary Saeed Ahmed Mangrejo, IGP Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon, Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon, Additional IG Karachi Javed Alam Odho participated while commissioner Hyderabad and concerned DCs participated via through video link. The meeting reviewed security and other arrangements for the second phase of local body elections in the province.
Speaking at the meeting, Sindh Chief Secretary Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput said that elections will be held at 4995 polling stations in Karachi and 3971 polling stations in Hyderabad and CCTV cameras will be installed at 1675 polling stations in Karachi and 1015 highly sensitive polling stations in Hyderabad division.
The Chief Secretary Sindh directed Commissioner Karachi and Commissioner Hyderabad to ensure arrangements at all polling stations. “Sindh Government is creating an environment of peace for the transparent, fair and secure general elections in the light of directives and recommendations of the Election Commission of Pakistan”. He said.
In the meeting, Provincial Election Commissioner Ejaz Anwar Chauhan said that local body elections will be held in Karachi and Hyderabad Division on 15th January.
In the meeting, Inspector General Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon said that a security plan has been prepared for the local elections. He said that 38,233 in Karachi and 24,000 policemen in Hyderabad will perform security duties.
In the meeting, all the Deputy Commissioners also gave a briefing on the security and transport plan of the respective districts and the overall situation of the polling stations.
Chief Secretary Sindh directed Secretary School Education and Secretary College Education to ensure water and electricity supply at polling stations established in schools and colleges.