Apex Committee meeting

PESHAWAR: The KP Apex committee on Friday reviewed the security situation in the erstwhile FATA on the eve of the election for 16 numbers provincial seats which are scheduled on July 20 (Saturday).

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Governor Shah Farman here at Governor House. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan was also present in a meeting. The meeting was informed that 1897 polling stations have been established in the tribal districts and the total number of registered voters is 2.8 Million.

The committee noted that all stakeholders including Army, Civil administration, Election Commission and other law enforcing agencies are fully prepared for peaceful polling process and it is the priority of the government to maintain law & order situation and to hold a free & fair election.

The KP Apex committee expressed its satisfaction over the finalized security plan in which 34,497 security personnel including Army, Khasadar, Levy, police, Frontier Corps and Frontier Constabulary have been deployed in the election areas. In addition, CCTV Cameras have been installed in every polling station, Contingency plan of Health Department is in place, Aviation Surveillance would be made available on Election Day, Quick response force and BDS unit will also remain active.

The committee also decided that Deputy Commissioners and District Police Officers would ensure that no aerial firing would be made and victory processions are held peacefully. The committee was informed that right to postal ballots is allowed to faraway tribal people to cast their vote.

Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman appreciated and thanked for extending co-operation in making the erstwhile FATA merger successful with the last event of holding an election for the provincial assembly.

The Governor said that first time in the history of the erstwhile FATA tribal people are going to choose their representatives for provincial assembly and that will bring prosperity and development in the tribal districts.

The meeting was also attended by Corps Commander, Peshawar, Lt. Gen. Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Saleem Khan, Inspector General Police Muhammad Naeem, Secretary Home & tribal affairs, and heads of other law enforcing agencies.