UNDP- trained government staff to join electoral duties

May 08, 2013

ISLAMABAD: More than 700,000 out of over 750,000 government employees trained by the UNDP would be joining election duties at the 69,876 polling stations across Pakistan on coming Friday while the remaining personnel have already joined their duties.

Following the ECP's announcement on appointing the electoral staff at the polling stations, over 7000,000 employees of the Federal and Provincial Governments comprising the ECP staff members and school teachers would be reporting to the returning officers (ROs) concerned Friday morning to make prior arrangements for the polling day, hours after the elections campaigns of the general polls contestants would come to an end Thursday midnight.

Earlier on Monday, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director in Pakistan Marc-Andre Franche had told this correspondent that the UNDP had trained 33,000 police men from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab Police, over 450 ROs and more than 70,00,00 polling staff (reportedly 720,000), including the ECP officials and school teachers, for performing duties in the general elections.