The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalized an extensive plan for the upcoming General Elections in 2024, detailing the establishment of over 92,000 polling stations across the country. Scheduled for February 8, 2024, this crucial electoral event has prompted the ECP to strategically categorize the polling stations, designating them as normal, sensitive, or highly sensitive based on the security situation and historical incidents of electoral violence.
The complete polling plan will be made available to the public well in advance of the election in an open and proactive manner, giving voters a thorough understanding of how polling places are dispersed throughout the four provinces and the federal capital. This helps to address possible concerns well in advance of the election date and encourages informed participation.
Notably, the ECP disclosed that more than 31,000 polling stations have been classified as sensitive, of which 20,606 have been classified as highly sensitive, to deal with potential challenges and maintain the integrity of the electoral process.
Of the total polling stations, the plan allocates the highest number, 52,412, to Punjab—the most populous province. Within this allocation, 6,040 polling stations are identified as highly sensitive, while 15,617 are marked as sensitive. Similarly, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa will see 15,737 polling stations, with 4,726 categorized as highly sensitive and 6,180 as sensitive.
In Sindh, the plan outlines the establishment of 4,718 normal polling stations, 6,576 sensitive ones, and 7,802 highly sensitive ones. Additionally, 5,015 polling stations are planned for Balochistan, with specific categorizations reflecting the unique dynamics of the province.
To ensure a safe and organized election, the Election Commission assured the public that the necessary equipment and safetymeasures will be in place at polling stations. Additionally, candidates are reminded that they have a legal obligation to complete their campaigns by midnight on 6 February, in accordance with the Elections Act 2017, and may face legal repercussions if they violate the law.
The careful placement of polling stations reflects ECP’s commitment to fostering an environment conducive to fair and transparent democratic practice, as the nation looks forward to the practice of democracy that will shape the future of politics.