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Election material found at Islamabad tandoor not ‘sensitive or important’: ECP

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday issued a statement clarifying media reports that election forms were found at a tandoor (flatbread shop) in Islamabad.

The commission said that the material that had been found was neither sensitive nor important. It further explained that the material was in fact instructional material which had been provided to schools and colleges for the training of staff tasked with election duties.

The ECP had trained 871,000 people including district returning officers, returning officers and polling staff in over 400 schools and colleges.

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The material had been provided in large volumes for training purposes which was conducted in a professional way, and the schools sold it off after finding no further use for it, the ECP explained.

The ECP also made clear that the election material that is sensitive and important is safely stored in the commission’s “strong rooms” under the code of conduct, and were deposited by the Returning Officers under supervision of the armed forces.

The commission was responding to media reports that flatbread sellers in Islamabad were using ‘Form 46’ and other election material to wrap their bread in less than one after the general elections.



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