ISLAMABAD - In a major development, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Monday announced appointment of District Returning Officers, Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers to conduct the 2018 general elections across the country.

According to ECP, district and sessions judges will be made District Returning Officers. However, in some districts and Fata, the Returning Officers will be taken from the administration due to non-availability of Judicial Officers.

Those districts where non-judicial officers have been appointed included Sherani, Kohlu and Skindarbad districts of Balochsitan province.

In seven agencies of Fata, respective political agents have been appointed as District Returning Officers, while Commissioner Bannu has been appointed as District Returning Officer of Frontier Regions Peshawar, Kohat and Bannu. As many as 131 Districts Returning Officers have been appointed to conduct the next general elections.

In Punjab province, 141 Returning Officers have been appointed, in Khyber Paktunkhwa 25, in Sindh 27, in Balochistan 34 and one District Returning Officer has been appointed for Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

In a related development, a high level meeting in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) directed Nadra to develop a transparent online scrutiny system for candidates of general election -2018. The meeting was chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza here at ECP Secretariat.

The system will link up NAB, FBR, FIA, State Bank with ECP for providing required information regarding the candidates to all returning officers.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan called a meeting of all Provincial Chief Secretaries, Additional Chief Secretary Fata and Chief Commissioner Islamabad, here today.

Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza shall chair the meeting. The agenda of the meeting includes district-wise progress report on missing facilities as indicated by the Election Commission, process of procurement and installation of CCTV cameras in most sensitive polling stations, availability of complete list of officers and officials to be appointed as polling staff, law and order situation during the election process including pre-poll election campaign with special reference to the attack on interior minister.