The returning officers have finalised duty roster of all election staff including presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling officers for general elections in Rawalpindi district.
The appointed election staff have collected their duty roaster from District Courts, Rawalpindi, from the courts of returning officers here on Saturday.
On the other hand, the City District Government, Rawalpindi, (CDGR) has demanded funds of Rs2.3 million from the Punjab government for installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at sensitive polling stations. It may be noted that District Returning Officer Syed Maroof Ali had already finalised the list of 93 sensitive polling stations and had directed the CDGR to make arrangements for installation of CCTV cameras at the said stations.
“Of the total 2,110 polling stations in the district, 59 in Rawalpindi city, 15 in Gujar Khan, 10 in Wah Cantonment and three each in Kahuta, Kalar Syedian and Murree have been declared sensitive due to looming threat of sectarian violence or clash between workers of different political parties,” officials of the CDGR told this scribe on Saturday.
Additional District Collector (ADC) and Election focal person Saif Anwar Jappa told ‘The News’ that strict security measures will be adopted all polling stations particularly those, which are sensitive and CCTV cameras will be installed at these sensitive polling stations to check suspected people.
Sources said that CDGR has decided to acquire CCTV cameras on rent for the period of two to three days instead of purchasing the same.
Moreover, district government has sought funds from the Punjab government due to shortage of funds in its own coffers. Senior official of the CDGR claimed that installation of CCTV cameras would be initiated as soon as funds for the purpose were received.