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Chief Secretary Balochistan, Shakeel Qadir Khan, led a high-profile delegation to Sibi on Tuesday for a one-day visit, marking a crucial step in gearing up for the upcoming general elections. The Chief Secretary was accompanied by Additional Chief Secretary Interior Zahid Saleem, IG Police Abdul Khaliq Sheikh, and Secretary Finance Babar Khan.

At the Commissioner’s Office Sibi, under the guidance of Chief Secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan, a thorough review of preparations for the general elections took place. Emphasizing the provincial government’s commitment to conducting transparent and peaceful elections, Chief Secretary Khan directed the formulation of a comprehensive plan covering staff deployment, facilities at polling stations, and arrangements for transport and security.

Chief Secretary Khan’s Directives: Enhancing Peace, Accessibility, and Election Support

Highlighting the government’s efforts to foster an environment of peace and transparency, Chief Secretary Khan instructed officials to maintain peace and order in the division. He specifically directed the provision of essential facilities, including water, washrooms, and electricity, at all polling stations. Additionally, the installation of CCTV cameras and the construction of ramps for disabled persons at every polling station were mandated to enhance accessibility and security.

Expressing unwavering support for the Election Commission, Chief Secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan announced that the provincial government would ensure funds for transport to the administration by January 22.

Election Countdown: Deputy Commissioners Detail Key Districts and Security Measures

Deputy commissioners of the division provided detailed briefings on their respective districts during the visit. They revealed that elections would be held for one National Assembly seat and four Provincial Assembly seats across the five districts, which collectively boast a population of 11 lakh 56 thousand and 4 lakh 46 thousand registered voters. The division comprises 406 polling stations, with security arrangements entrusted to the police, levies, and FC personnel. As the countdown to the elections continues, Chief Secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan’s visit underscores the government’s commitment to a fair and secure electoral process.

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