Preparations for the NA-75 Sialkot-IV by-election next week are underway, and new staff are being recruited.
The by-election was originally scheduled to be held on February 19. The Pakistan Election Commission declared the by-election invalid because it suspected that the results of the 20 polling stations had been “tampered”.
Subsequently, the committee issued an order to conduct a new poll.
“Incidents of murders, firing and injuries, bad law and order situation in the subject constituency [created] harassment for voters and other circumstances leading to make the process of results doubtful/unascertainable,” the ECP order noted.
Now that the polls have been rescheduled for March 18, staff of the 20 polling stations — where presiding officers went missing and were unreachable as was noted in the ECP statement following election day — will be reappointed.
According to the district education authority, staff will be appointed from the department of education.
The authorities added that a new chairperson for polling station No. 348 will also be appointed.
The remaining 340 polling stations will have the same staff as the election positions appointed on February 19.