The Election Commission of Pakistan is trying hard to facilitate voters in the next general elections planned to be held in 2018. The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza chaired a meeting in Islamabad to prepare the body for the next year’s challenge.

The meeting decided to improve transparency in next year’s elections and use Google Maps to facilitate general public. It is noteworthy that the Election Commission of Pakistan has linked more than 70,000 polling stations with Google Maps already.

CEC and other members of the meeting lauded the work done by the employees and also decided to display the Google linked polling stations to the political parties and media in future.

It was agreed in the meeting that these polling stations will be equipped with all the basic facilities before the next general elections take place.

As far as the recent decision is concerned, it will enable voters to locate the polling stations on Google Maps. Furthermore, voters will also be able to calculate the distance to the nearest and registered polling station from their homes.

Since Google Maps also allow offline navigation, it will be much easier for the voters to find their assigned polling stations, even if there is no internet.

It is worth noting that presence of basic facilities such as water, electricity, restrooms and telephones at polling stations across the four provinces and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) will be ensured as well.