Fi­nance Min­istry re­leases Rs 71 mil­lion for ECP

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Fi­nance Min­istry has re­leased Rs 71 mil­lion for the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) to meet im­me­di­ate ex­penses. The government granted the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) with a sup­ple­men­tary grant worth Rs5 bil­lion on Wed­nes­day.

Around Rs710 mil­lion from the grant have been dis­patched while the rest of the money will be re­leased next month. Ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion's ad­di­tional sec­re­tary, the Fi­nance Min­istry has as­sured the ECP that Rs 4 bil­lion would pro­vided within one month. The elec­tion com­mis­sion had re­quested for the grant in Jan­uary, main­tain­ing that Rs0.5 bil­lion has been al­lo­cated to the army to pro­vide se­cu­rity dur­ing elec­tions, while a ma­jor chunk of the sup­ple­men­tary grant, Rs1.259 bil­lion, would be spent on polling staff ex­pen­di­tures. Ac­cord­ing to the break­down of the pro­posed ex­pen­di­tures submitted by Law Min­is­ter Fa­rooq H Naek, Rs1 bil­lion would be spent on print­ing bal­lot pa­pers, forms, en­velopes, posters and plac­ards; Rs450 mil­lion for pub­lic­ity; Rs87.5 mil­lion for es­tab­lish­ing im­pro­vised polling sta­tions; Rs148 mil­lion on pro­cure­ment of elec­tion ma­te­rial and Rs215 mil­lion on pro­cure­ment and trans­porta­tion of bal­lot boxes and vot­ing screens.

The government spent Rs1.85 bil­lion for the polls held in 2008, while the army was given Rs195 mil­lion for pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance.

Mean­while the print­ing of the new nom­i­na­tion pa­pers has been com­pleted. 100,000 nom­i­na­tion pa­pers have been printed and white would be used for gen­eral seats, pink for women seats and yel­low for mi­nor­ity and re­served seats.

The process of de­liv­er­ing the nom­i­na­tion pa­pers is ex­pected to be com­pleted by March 18. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has also sum­moned polling schemes from pro­vin­cial elec­tion com­mis­sion­ers and has di­rected that polling sta­tions should only be set-up in government of­fices. The polling sta­tions should not be at a dis­tance of two kilo­me­tres and each polling sta­tion should not ex­ceed 2,500 vot­ers.

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