Security Concerns Prompt Election Commission to Seek Military Assistance for Transparent Elections

In a move aimed at ensuring secure and transparent elections, the Election Commission has formally requested military assistance from the armed forces in Pakistan. This decision comes ahead of upcoming elections, prompting the Election Commission to address potential challenges by seeking the deployment of security forces at polling stations.

In a letter addressed to the Secretary of the Interior, Omar Hameed, Secretary of the Election Commission highlighted the need for additional personnel due to the anticipated shortage of staff for organizing the elections. Recognizing the sensitivity of the situation, the letter specifically calls for the deployment of military and paramilitary forces, including the Frontier Constabulary (FC) and other rapid response units.

The correspondence underscores the importance of maintaining peace and security in the country, emphasizing the role of the military and armed forces in ensuring a conducive environment for fair and peaceful elections. It reflects the Election Commission’s proactive approach to address potential security challenges that could undermine the integrity of the electoral process.

Furthermore, the letter emphasizes the necessity of confirming these security deployments to fill the personnel gap and ensure effective coverage at polling stations. The Election Commission has set a deadline of December 7 for receiving confirmation and details regarding the deployment of security forces.

The communication reveals that, at present, there is a requirement for approximately 9,000 security personnel in Islamabad, with a detailed breakdown specifying the need for 1,500 each of FC, Rangers, and Azad Kashmir Police officers. This reinforces the Election Commission’s commitment to bolster security measures in the capital city, recognizing the potential risks associated with the election process.

Additionally, the letter provides an overview of the security personnel situation in Punjab, where the requirement stands at 277,610. The document notes that while 185,500 police officers are currently available in the province, there is a shortfall of 92,110 personnel. This deficit emphasizes the need for swift action to bridge the gap in Punjab, crucial for the successful conduct of elections in the province.

The Election Commission’s decision to seek military assistance underscores the gravity of security concerns and the commitment to conducting free and fair elections. As the nation prepares for the electoral process, the collaboration between civilian and military authorities becomes pivotal in ensuring the safety and integrity of the democratic exercise.