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Time may not allow biometric, CCTV systems for by-poll: Qaim

Time may not allow biometric, CCTV systems for by-poll: Qaim

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the Sindh Rangers director-general in a recent meeting with him had brought proposal for the introduction of biometric system and installation of CCTV cameras at polling stations in the NA-246 Karachi bypoll.

Subsequently, the DG might have made an indirect request to the Election Commission of Pakistan on his proposals, he said.

The chief minister was speaking to journalists at ceremony held here on Wednesday for the inauguration of a foreign-funded humanitarian response facility in Jamshoro.

Read: Rangers want biometric verification system, video surveillance for NA-246 by-poll

He said that the DG didn’t presented the proposals on his own. Rather, he said, the Rangers chief made the suggestions during the meeting and then he might have made an indirect request to ECP to see if the arrangements could be made.

The chief minister was asked if it was in the mandate of the Rangers to make such proposals.

Mr Shah said that he had told the DG that it must be kept in mind that the time in the bypoll was short and if such arrangements, which were difficult to ensure, were made for one constituency, how they would be made for all polling booths in the general elections.

He said that political parties had demanded deployment of the army but the ECP held that Rangers would supervise security during the bypoll.

“Nobody consulted us in this regard,” he said. He said that after Rangers were tasked with security, the DG approached him with the two proposals.

Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2015

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