Police ensure foolproof security for citizens, polling staff in NA-133
LAHORE – The polling process in the by-elections of National Assembly’s constituency NA-133 remained peaceful as Lahore police had devised a comprehensive security plan for the safety of citizens and polling staff. Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Fayyaz Ahmad Dev personally supervised all the security arrangements. No one was allowed to take the law into their hands and disturb the polling process as the code of conduct of the Election Commission of Pakistan was strictly enforced in letter and spirits.
More than two thousand police officers and junior officials including six SSPs, 14 SDPOs, and 44 SHOs were deployed on the election day. Moreover, 52 teams of Dolphin Squad and Police Response Unit as well as seven teams of Quick Response Force also ensured effective patrolling around the polling stations.
The law enforcement agencies made full use of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) installed by the Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA) as well as the district administration in different parts of the constituency to maximise monitoring and surveillance.
Meanwhile, senior police officers including SSPs of Model Town, Cantt and Sadar divisions personally visited the polling stations in the constituency and inspected the security arrangements. The officers briefed the subordinate staff to remain highly alert and do not let any irrelevant person or vehicle enter the premises without thorough checking.
The senior police officers constantly monitored the security arrangements through patrol and control room. The police had cordoned off areas surrounding the polling stations and used barricades, barbed wires and tents for this purpose.
Fayaz Ahmad Dev had vowed to take action against the law breakers for violating code of conduct. A special control room was also set up at the Government Graduate College for Women, Township where teams of police, district administration and law enforcement agencies continuously monitored the polling process. The voters were allowed to enter the polling stations only after a complete three-tier body search checking mechanism. Snipers on tall buildings around the polling stations kept a close eye on suspicious persons or activities. Parking and polling camps were kept away from the polling stations. The police used security gadgets including fences, metal detectors, walkthrough gates, barriers and barbed wires for the security purpose. As many as 254 polling stations had been set up for the polling process of NA-133 including 22 polling stations of A category, 198 of B category whereas 34 polling stations of C category.