UNDP supports new initiatives at polling stations

April 03, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is preparing to train polling staff for the May 11, general elections with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). According to a statement issued here, at the launch of its training programme for master trainers, the ECP demonstrated the polling process which includes several new initiatives taken to increase transparency and public confidence in the elections. Initiatives to be introduced at polling stations in the upcoming elections include the use of electoral rolls with voters’ photographs, new counting forms and tamper evident bags.

A mock polling station was set up during the launch and the polling process was demonstrated to guests and the media. A similar mock polling exercise will be used to train over 700,000 presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling officers who will be engaged on May 11, throughout the country.

Marc-Andr’ Franche, Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan, said, that with these new measures, the polling process will improve significantly. The new counting forms enable much greater transparency on voter turnout including recording gender-disaggregated turnout. 
The introduction of tamper evident bags to transport these forms will help deter fraud and increase public confidence.