Pakistani army rules out any direct role in conducting elections

Pakistan Forward

RAWALPINDI -- The Pakistani army Tuesday (July 10) said that it will have no direct role in the general elections scheduled for July 25 and will only provide support for the electoral process, Dawn reported.

The armed forces will support the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) according to a code of conduct provided by the commission, said Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, a spokesman for the army.

Troops will be deployed inside and outside the polling stations for security reasons only on election day, he said, adding that this is not the first such deployment.

The army will be responsible for maintaining overall security of the country and ballot printing presses in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. It will also help transport the printed material, said Ghafoor.

"The counting of ballots is the ECP's job," he added.

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