Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Dr. Hasan Askari visited central election monitoring control room set up by the home department in civil secretariat and integrated command, control and communication center established in the office of Punjab Safe City Authority at Qurban Lines, here today. He reviewed the election monitoring process in central control room of civil secretariat and appreciated the information collection system for monitoring the elections by using latest technology.
Chief Secretary and high officials of the home department gave a detailed briefing to the Chief Minister about the control room. Provincial Finance and Law Minister Zia Haider Rizvi, Chief Secretary, ACS (Home), IG Police and other officials were present on the occasion.
Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that it is the most important election in the history of the country. The Punjab government has devised a composite digital monitoring system by making good use of the latest technology and every polling station is being monitored. Along with it, security situation is also being fully watched, he said. He said that necessary facilities have been provided for voters at polling stations so that they could independently use their democratic right. He said that composite arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful and transparent elections and foolproof security arrangements have been made at polling stations. With the grace of Almighty Allah and as a result of effective arrangements made by the Punjab government, smooth polling process is in progress in a peaceful atmosphere. It is hoped that continuity of the democratic process will result in strengthening of the country, he added. He said that army and rangers’ officials have also been deputed along with the police to further improve the situation of law & order. Voting has been done for 141 national assembly seats and 297 provincial assembly seats. The number of candidates for national assembly seats is 1634 while the total number of candidates for Punjab assembly seats is 4018. The total number of voters in Punjab is 60672870 and out of it, 33679993 are males and 26992877 are females, he added.
Later, Dr. Askari visited the office of Punjab Safe City Authority at Qurban Lines. He went to integrated command, control and communication center and inspected the security arrangements and the situation of law and order in the city through latest CCTV cameras. He expressed the satisfaction over law & order situation and the arrangements made in this regard. The Chief Minister was given a detailed briefing about integrated command, control and communication center. Dr. Askari also inspected traffic management system and security arrangements through latest cameras.