LAHORE  -  Teachers at private educational institutions have been put on standby after training to perform election duty in case of any emergency.

Though Returning Officers have managed to fulfill the requirements of polling day by hiring the services of required number of employees from different government departments, unusual move was aimed at coping with the situation of someone’s failure to perform duty due to any emergency.

As per the officials, failure of government departments to fulfill the present day requirements led to this situation. This was all due to increase in the number of voters and polling stations as compared to the last general elections.

There are 5398622 registered voters in Lahore including 3012260 males and 2386362 females.

The highest number of voters (533497) are registered in NA-124 while the least number of voters (256481) are registered in NA-135.

As many as 3887 polling stations with 11552 polling booths have been set in 14 National Assembly and 30 Provincial Assembly constituencies for July 25 general elections. Out of these polling stations, 1232 are for males, 1162 for females and 1493 for both males and females (joint). 

The most polling stations (415) have been set up in NA-124 and the least count of polling stations (181) is in NA-135.

Besides District Returning Officer, 14 ROs and 88 Assistant ROs will supervise the election. DRO and ROs are judicial officers. AROs are taken from ECP, District Administration and Education Department.

As many as 3887 Presiding Officers, 20165 Assistant Presiding Officers and 12130 Polling Officers and allied staff will supervise the polling process.

Majority of the polling staff has been taken from Education Department. Following that, staff has been taken from provincial departments like Agriculture, Irrigation and AG office. As more staff was required for the polling day, the ROs selected officers from federal institutions like SNGPL, LESCO and National Bank of Pakistan. ECP has already imparted training to the staff selected by ROs for the polling day.

The standby staff from private educational institutions has also been provided training by the ECP. These people, however, will perform duty only if someone from original staff (government employees) failed to reach polling station due to any emergency.

District Monitoring Officer (Deputy Commissioner) and 60 Monitoring Officers (Assistant Commissioners and officers from District administration) have nothing to do with the polling process on July 25. Their responsibility is checking violation of ECP code of conduct by candidates and political parties while carrying out election campaign till Monday midnight.