Pakistan

Cantonment polls to be held under army supervision

RAWALPINDI: The local government elections in Cantonment Boards will be held under the supervision of Pakistan Army tomorrow [Saturday], ARY News reported.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), 12,400 troops of Pakistan Army and Rangers will be employed on security duty for local body elections on 25 April in 42 cantonments across the country.

Troops have been requisitioned by Election Commission of Pakistan to ensure security and to assist election commission in smooth conduct of elections, stated ISPR.

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The Polling will start at eight in the morning and would continue till five in the afternoon.

According to ECP 1,151 candidates are in the run for Cantonment Board elections among them 541 candidates belong to political parties and 610 are independents.

PTI has fielded 137 candidates in the four provinces, followed by PML (N) 128, PPP 89, JI 74, MQM and PAT 27 each, ANP 13, MMA 9 and AML 7 candidates, revealed ECP.

The Commission has set up 1,225 polling stations in the four provinces to hold Cantonment Board elections. There are 130 polling stations, which have been declared sensitive, the highest being 102 in Punjab.

The ECP has also set an Election Cell at its Secretariat in Islamabad to receive complaints on the polling day on Saturday. The Cell will also receive preliminary results.

The cantonment boards where elections would be held are Lahore, Walton (Lahore), Sargodha, Shorkot, Gujranwala, Kharian, Sialkot, Okara, Multan, Bahawalpur, Pano Aqil, Hyderabad, Faisal, Manora, Clifton, Malir, Karachi, Korangi Creek, Zhob, Loralai and Quetta, Peshawar, Nowehera, Risalpur, Cherat, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, DI Khan, Abbottabad, Havelian, Murree Gallis, Murree Hills, Rawalpindi, Chaklala (Rawalpindi), Murree, Sanjwal, Taxila, Wah, Kamra, Jhelum, Mangla.

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