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Training of more than 360,000 Polling Staff commences in Punjab

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Islamabad, March 04, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) launched its training programme for over 600,000 polling staff in Lahore today in preparation for the upcoming general elections. Over 360,000 polling staff will be trained in Punjab and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Training in the other provinces will be supported by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). The inaugural ceremony to mark this significant first step was presided over by Mr. Justice (retired) Riaz Kiyani, Honourable Member (Punjab), ECP.

The initial step of the training program includes training of lead trainers. Within a period of two
months, 42 lead trainers will train 1,800 master trainers who will in turn train over 360,000
presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling officers in Punjab and the ICT.

Polling staff are responsible for conducting polling at stations and will be trained using interactive
methods with simulations. In an important initiative, presiding officers who are in charge of polling
stations will receive additional training in exercising their magisterial powers in order to prevent
disruption and fraud in polling stations.

Mr. Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP Pakistan, congratulated the Election
Commission of Pakistan on the launch of the training and said, “Polling staff will play a critical role
in safeguarding the credibility of the elections. It is essential that they are trained to carry out their
responsibilities confidently and impartially.

UNDP supports the Election Commission of Pakistan in improving the transparency and credibility of the electoral process and electoral institutions.”

UNDP is providing assistance to the Election Commission of Pakistan in areas such as training,
results management and voter education through a three year electoral cycle support project
supported by the Governments of Australia, Norway and the European Union.

With the support of UNDP, ECP has launched a voter education campaign targeted at inclusion of youth and women, as well as a new elections results management system for upcoming national and provincial

The event was attended by government officials, representatives of media, civil society,
development partners and UN agencies.

For more information, contact:
Adnan Raja,
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Pakistan
90 Margalla Road, F8/2, Islamabad
Tel: +92 51 2097811 and +92 51 2097799
Mob: +92300 855 6654


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