In a critical development towards the imminent general elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been making steady progress in the preliminary delimitation of constituencies. The task is slated to be finished by the 26th of September, following a directive from the commission. This expedited schedule, announced by the ECP on September 1st, is a revision of the original timeline set on August 17, reducing the processing time by 14 days to conclude on November 30 instead of December 14. This adjustment potentially facilitates holding the general polls by the end of January, as opposed to the previously hinted mid-February timeline, according to sources within the ECP.
Enhanced Election Monitoring System Unveiled
The ECP has introduced a robust monitoring control system for the forthcoming polls to modernise and improve the election process. This newly established mechanism aims to refine the data collection and compilation methods that were previously in place. The system, conceptualized by the chief election commissioner, is expected to prevent the issues experienced with the Result Transmission System in 2018. According to ECP Secretary Omar Hamid Khan, the system will employ data analysts for further refinement and promises a more efficient process in pre and post-election periods.
The monitoring officers have been empowered to enforce regulations, having the authority to impose fines and disqualify candidates for violations. The system will function continuously, facilitating connections with 200 online monitors and enabling the lodging of complaints by voters and candidates alike. The ECP aims to enhance transparency in the polls and election campaigns through real-time feedback and decision-making based on data from various levels received on election day. An offline function has also been integrated to ensure the smooth reception of results even in the absence of an online connection, promising a more streamlined and transparent election compared to previous years.