ISLAMABD - The ministry of defence on Tuesday issued a notification of army deployment in Karachi for the safety of election commission staff, gearing up to start verifying voters’ lists in line with the Supreme Court’s orders, reported a private TV channel. They said all the law enforcement agencies, including the Pakistani Army, would accompany the staff of the Election Commission of Pakistan in Karachi. Army, Rangers and Frontier Corps (FC) troops will be deployed in all districts of the city and will provide security to the electoral staff.Karachi has been divided into four zones for vote verification and ECP staff will go door to door in all the four sectors. The army and other law enforcement agencies, the ministry notification says, will only provide security and will not be part of verifying process. There are some 8.4 million registered voters in Karachi. The election commission also has to carry the delimitation of the electoral constituencies of Karachi, as ordered by the Supreme Court. According to details, Karachi has been divided into four parts where military forces will assist the police in providing security to ECP personnel during verification. The door-to-door verification of voters in the city was ordered by the Supreme Court on complaints about irregularities in enrollment of about three million people. Meanwhile, the ECP is finalising preparations for the verification process. Verification of voter lists will continue from Jan 10 through to March 8.Moreover, the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) will deliver to the ECP printed electoral rolls for the verification process by Jan 9. The fresh lists will include the names of those citizens who have turned 18, the legal voting age, by Dec 15.

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