CEC reviews security arrangements for Punjab by-elections

Says maintaining law and order is the responsibility of provincial governments

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja chaired a meeting at the Civil Secretariat here on Saturday, to discuss the modalities of the by-elections, which will be held in 20 provincial constituencies in 14 districts of Punjab on July 17, 2022. Members of the Electoral Commission, Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Afzal, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Home Syed Ali Murtaza, Inspector General of Punjab Police (IGP) Rao Sardar Ali Khan, Additional Director General of Punjab Rangers, Secretaries of Provincial Departments concerned, Commissioner of Lahore and other senior officers attended the meeting, while Commissioners of other respective districts participated via video link.

The assembly was informed that approximately 3,141 polling stations would be installed in these constituencies and that a total of 175 candidates were running for the by-elections. CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja said maintaining public order and safety of election workers and voters is the responsibility of the federal and provincial governments and their role in the electoral process is very important. He added that it was the responsibility of provincial institutions to ensure peace during the elections. He warned that strict action would be taken against those involved in misconduct and irregularities in the elections, saying violators would be prosecuted under the penal code and relevant election laws.

If a public official violated the code of conduct or acted against the law on Election Day, action would be taken against them without any discrimination, he warned.

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