Chief Election Commissioner Rejects Internet Shutdown on Polling Day

Islamabad: Chief Election Commissioner, Sikandar Sultan Raja, has dismissed the possibility of an internet shutdown on polling day during a crucial meeting at the Election Commission on Thursday. Addressing journalists in an unofficial conversation after a significant session on the upcoming general elections, the Chief Election Commissioner provided insights into the electoral preparations.

Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja emphasized that the security situation in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is improving, instilling confidence in the overall electoral process. He confirmed that the general elections will take place nationwide on February 8, leaving no room for ambiguity.

Responding to a question, he stated that the security conditions are being enhanced, and there is no substantial consideration regarding the shutdown of the internet on polling day. He clarified that if any issues related to internet services arise, the Election Commission has an Alternative Messaging System (AMS) in place to facilitate online operations.

The Chief Election Commissioner’s assertion that the elections will proceed without internet disruptions aims to ensure the transparency and efficiency of the electoral process. The commitment to a secure and stable environment during the elections is a crucial aspect, and the use of alternative communication methods underscores the authorities’ readiness to adapt to any challenges that may arise. As the nation gears up for the upcoming elections, this assurance from the Chief Election Commissioner contributes to building confidence in the electoral system and reinforces the commitment to conducting fair and secure elections.