Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Election Commission (EC) Sunday declared that all arrangements had been completed to hold the scheduled June 26, elections in AJK in free, fair and transparent manner. A spokesman of the AJK EC said in a statement that since short time was left in the elections, some of the complaints about the voters lists and polling schemes, reached to the election commission, could not be redressed as the voter lists and polling schemes were prepared by the Revenue department staff.
The spokesman continued in the statement that it was the decision of the government to engage field staff including the Patwaris of the Revenue department, instead of the staff of the Education department, for the preparation of the voters lists. The spokesman said a lot of mistakes/errors emerged after the fresh/updated voters lists were printed.
Although these mistakes/errors were removed by the staff of the Revenue department under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioners of the concerned districts, but despite that some errors were still prevailing in the electoral lists, he added.
“The polling schemes have also been prepared by the Revenue Department,” the spokesman said, adding, some complaints about these polling schemes had reached to the AJK Election Commission.
In these complaints it was pointed out that certain polling stations had been set up in far flung villages and that female voters would find it difficult to reach there to use their right of vote.
The spokesman made it clear that the AJK Election Commission had no role in preparation of voters lists and the polling schemes. These voters lists and the polling schemes were inked by the Revenue department staff and since short time was left in the beginning of the polling, the complaints about some errors/mistakes in the voters lists and the polling schemes could not be redressed/removed, the spokesman added.