IEC Clarifies the reasons for issues in balloting today

In a press conference, the IEC spokesperson Shaima Alam Soroush explained the causes of various issues being faced on election day. Firstly, the IEC informed that due to security impediments, the teachers who were formally trained to carry out duties on election day could not make it to the polling centres and on a short notice, various capital and provincial staff were called to compensate for the absence of teachers.

Furthermore, spokesperson Soroush also expressed that since the biometric technology is a new element in balloting this time, there might be minor hurdles. Also assuring about proper safety and security, she said that the security forces are doing their work to ensure citizens are safe.

Finally, the on behalf of IEC, Ms Soroush expressed regret and apologised for the challenges that people faced like closed centres or delays in the start of voting and asked people to bear with the new process which includes biometric technology.

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