Election Commission of Pakistan ECP has already ordered the watermarked Ballot paper from France which will be used in the upcoming elections in June 2018.
For the first time in the history, ECP will use the watermarked ballot paper in the upcoming general elections 2018. ECP will buy this exclusive paper from France and reportedly it will be delivered in June 2018.
The printing process of ballots will be started after France delivers the required paper in June; the purpose of purchasing imported paper is to stifle the rigging which was the major problem in all the elections held previously.
The amount which will be spent on purchasing and printing of ballot paper will exceed Rs.1.5 billion according to the reports, along the purchasing cost of the paper is around Rs.1 billion and Rs.610 million would be spent on printing. ECP has reportedly released an advance payment for purchasing the paper as well. Moreover, Rs.150 million will be paid to printing press Corporation with another Rs.110 million for postal printing.
ECP took the decision to introduce watermarked ballot papers in general elections in the ECP meeting last month. Besides ballot paper purchasing the ECP has also decided to purchase vehicles, electoral machinery and storage facilities at the divisional level. During the meeting, ECP has also decided to construct ECP offices and Federal Election Academy.