No private firm printed ballot papers: PCP
ISLAMABAD: The Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) Thursday said that ballot papers got printed only from the government presses and no private firm was involved in the exercise.
Speaking to a news conference here, the corporation’s Managing Director Azhar Hussain Shamim pointed out that besides PCP, the Post Foundation Press and the Security Printing had printed ballot papers for the last year’s general elections.
He rejected the allegations that ballot papers were also printed at a private printing press in Lahore. With regard to the FIA raid on the printing press in Karachi, he clarified that the investigation agency officials had taken some samples from there.
About the reports that private persons were involved in the printing of ballot papers, Azhar maintained that services of private individuals from Rawalpindi and Lahore were hired for putting numbers on the ballot papers.
To a question, he said that the government press had the capacity to print 1.5 million ballot papers in a day.He said the Election Commission of Pakistan had set aside a proposal for purchasing paper for ballot papers from abroad due to paucity of time and the paper was acquired from local firms.
The PCP managing director, however, made it clear that paper was not purchased from any blacklisted company.He also explained that the specific paper was acquired only after the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research had approved it.